Evans, GA asked in Tax Law for Georgia

Q: Is it true in South Carolina if you pay the property taxes on an estate for 7 years that the property becomes yours?

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A: Unless South Carolina is still operating in the dark ages the answer is no.

In most modern states payment of property taxes entitles the person paying the taxes to apply for a "tax deed" which becomes a lien on the property. The property cannot be sold unless someone satisfies the tax lien(s). And it is possible for the holder of the tax deed(s) to foreclose on the property, which would then be sold at public auction.

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