Town Taxes and Fees

Property Taxes

Beaufort County collects property tax revenues for the Town of Hilton Head Island.

Payment Options

  • Pay Online at www.beaufortcountysc.gov
  • Pay in Person at
    • Beaufort County Government Offices
      539 William Hilton Parkway
      Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Business License Fees

The Town of Hilton Head Island requires any business operating within the limits of the Town, including home occupations, to obtain a Business License.

  • An individual shall be deemed to be in business if that individual owns and rents more than one residential unit within the Town, and is required to obtain a business license. This applies to both short-term and long-term rentals.

Learn About Business License Fees


Real Estate Transfer Fee

The Real Estate Transfer Fee is .25 of one percent of the sale price for real estate purchased within the Hilton Head Island Town, and is usually included in the closing costs of the transaction.

  • This fee generates an average of $4.2 million each year that is dedicated to the Land Acquisition Program.
  • This fee is collected by Beaufort County for the Town.

Accommodations Tax and Beach Preservation Fee

A tax equal to three percent of the total gross sales price received for the rental of any rooms (excluding meeting rooms), campground spaces, recreational vehicle spaces, lodgings or sleeping accommodations provided to transients by any hotel, inn, condominium, motel, "bed and breakfast," residence or any other place in which rooms, lodgings or sleeping accommodations are provided to transients within the Town of Hilton Head Island.

  • Two percent allocated to Accommodations Tax
    • Used for...
  • One Percent allocated to Beach Preservation Fee
    • Used for...

Learn About the Accommodations Tax and Beach Preservation Fee


Hospitality Tax

A tax equal to two percent of the total gross sales price received for prepared foods, meals and beverages sold.
This tax generates approximately $5 million annually that is dedicated to pay debt service on a $10 million bond for public safety projects and other capital improvement projects.

Learn About the Hospitality Tax


Ambulance Service Fees

Ambulance service fees are based on the highest level of care provided and include the billing categories identified by Medicare.

We classify each ambulance service call into one of the six billing categories and bill accordingly.
Learn more about our Ambulance Service Fees

Learn About the Ambulance Service Fees


Questions?

Contact Revenue Services at 843-341-4677