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Tax Sale Overage Information

If a property is sold at tax sale and the bid amount is greater than the total taxes, assessments, penalties, and costs due, the resulting excess funds are held in escrow and known as "Overage".  According to SC Code of Laws Section 12-51-130, these funds belong to "the owner of record immediately before the end of the redemption period" and are available to be claimed and payable "ninety days after execution" of the tax sale deed.

If your property has been sold at a tax sale, you may be entitled to these Overage funds.  The delinquent tax office will mail certified notification letters to anyone with available overage.  If you have not received a letter, but would like to inquire about the possibility of available overage, please contact our office at 864-638-4147.  If any overage is available, you may claim the overage at no cost by completing the Overage Claim Form included in your notification letter or provided below.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding tax sale overage, please contact our office as soon as possible. 

This overage must be claimed within five years of the tax sale date.

Overage Claim Form

Overage Claim Form



The Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) limits the use of certain information revealed in response to a FOIA request.  See S.C. Code § 30-4-50(B): “No information contained in a police incident report or in an employee salary schedule revealed in response to a request pursuant to this chapter may be utilized for commercial solicitation. Also, the home addresses and home telephone numbers of employees and officers of public bodies revealed in response to a request pursuant to this chapter may not be utilized for commercial solicitation. However, this provision must not be interpreted to restrict access by the public and press to information contained in public records.”

Additionally, S.C. Code § 30-2-50(A) establishes the following prohibition: “A person or private entity shall not knowingly obtain or use personal information obtained from a state agency, a local government, or other political subdivision of the State for commercial solicitation directed to any person in this State.”
Further – “A person knowingly violating the provisions of subsection (A) is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined an amount not to exceed five hundred dollars or imprisoned for a term not to exceed one year, or both.” S.C. Code § 30-2-50 (D).

FOIA Request Form

FOIA Request Form (PDF)


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