Real Estate Taxes
Collection of Taxes
How are Real Estate (Property) Taxes Calculated?
The taxes owed on Real or Personal Property are determined annually by....
- Tax Assessor - Valuation of the property
- Board of Supervisors - millage rates
- MS Department of Revenue - approval of the roll
Once the roll is approved, the Tax Collector sends out notices and owners have the following dates to keep in mind:
- February 1st Deadline for paying property taxes without accuring interest.
- February 2nd Interest will begin to accrue at 1% per month.
- August 1st Publication Fee of $3.00 will be added to taxes owed. This fee is for advertising the lien in the local paper.
- Last Monday of August, Property lien will be auctioned at the Annual Sale of Delinquent Taxes.
Annual Sale of Delinquent Taxes
All fiscal year taxes that hav not ben paid by the last Friday before the tax sale will be auctioned at the County's annual Tax Sale. After a lien has been sold, the owner of the property has 2 years from the purchase date to pay the taxes plus the interest (1.5% per month) accured up to that date through the Chancery Clerk's office.
Property owners are required to pay their delinquent taxes (oldest first) prior to paying their current year taxes.
How does the purchaser of the delinquent lien benefit?
If the owner of the property does not pay the taxes within 2 years from the purchase date, the purchaser can acquire the property.
If the owner of the property does pay the taxes within 2 years from the purchase date, the purchaser will be reimbursed the initial amount of the lien plus 1.5% interest on that initial amount, not to include the overbid.
When is the sale held?
The last Monday of August each year.
Begins at 9:00am until all parcels have been sold
Where is the sale held?
The sale is held in the courtroom upstairs in the Courthouse.
Do you have to register for the tax sale and is there a fee?
We start registering the week before the sale until the last day of the sale. There is no fee. Hoever, a current photo ID and Social Security Number is required for all bidders or individuals representing companies.
Do you have to be present to participate in the sale?
Yes. You or a representative must be present at the sale. There are no over-the-counter, phone, or fax purchasing.
How are the sales advertised?
A listing of parcels is advertised in the local paper, The Daily Times Leader, on the two Wednesdays preceding the sale.
What types of payment are accepted?
Cash, check, money order, cashier's check, Visa, MasterCard and DiscoverCards are accepted. Plesae note that if you are using a credit card, each transaction will incur a convenience fee. This fee is not assessed by your government. Mississippi State Law prohibits the Tax Collector from paying credit or debit card fees. When paying with a credit or debit card, a separate mon-refundable 3% convenience fee will be charged to your card as payment ot the credit card company for processing your transaction.