Mississippi County Tax Information

When purchasing a new home in Mississippi, you should consider the property taxes.  Annual assessments by county or local authorities determine various bond rates, millages and fees that help pay for public services and are calculated using a variety of formulas. In Mississippi, all property is subject to a property tax unless it is exempt by law.

For example, if your primary home is valued at $200,000 and assessed at 10% (Class I Residential) and a Millage Rate of 105 and you qualify for a regular Homestead Exemption, use the following formula to assist you in calculating  your taxes:

True Value x Assessment Ratio x Millage Rate = Real Estate Taxes

True Value $200,000
Times Assessment Ratio x .10
Assessed Value $20,000


Times Millage Rate x .105
Equals Total Real Estate Tax =$2,100


Less Regular Homestead Exemption - $300
Equals Total Real Estate Taxes Owed $1,800


*If the property is your primary home and you are over 65 or permanently disabled, you may be eligible for an Additional Homestead Exemption, which is not reflected in the illustration above.

The tax assessor will periodically appraise the properties in your county based on many variables, which include factors such as:

  • Lot size
  • Square footage of improvements
  • Number of bedrooms & bathrooms
  • Property fencing, decks, patios

State law requires that the county Tax Assessor appraise your property at its True Value. The Tax Commission assists and provides guidance to the local governments with the appraisal of property so that the property taxes imposed are uniform and equal throughout the State of Mississippi.

To determine the Assessed Value, the appropriate assessment ratio is multiplied by the True Value of the property. This Assessed Value is then multiplied by the Millage Rate (local property tax rate where One Mill = 1/1,000 of a dollar) to determine the property taxes owed.


What’s an Assessment Ratio?

The assessment ratios for properties are set by the Mississippi Constitution. Properties are divided into five classes with separate assessment ratios:

  • Class I - 10% of true value
    • Single-family,
    • Owner-occupied,
    • Residential real property
  • Class II - 15% of true value
    • All other real property (except for real property covered in Class I or IV)
  • Class III - 15% of true value
    • Personal property (except for motor vehicles or for personal property covered in Class IV)
  • Class IV - 30% of true value
    • Public utility property [owned or used by public service corporations required by general laws to be appraised and assessed by the state or the county (excluding motor vehicles or railroad & airline property)]
  • Class V - 30% of true value
    • Motor vehicles


Some Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Who should I contact concerning my property tax bill?
Contact your county Tax Collector
  • How do I know if I’m eligible for homestead exemption?
Anyone owning a home in Mississippi may be eligible for homestead exemption. Eligible homeowners should make application for homestead exemption with the Tax Assessor in the county where the home is located.
  • Are there exemptions from property taxes for elderly or disabled persons?
Persons 65 years or older and persons who are totally disabled, who are otherwise eligible for homestead exemption, are exempt from taxes on the first $75,000 of true value on their home.
  • How is agricultural property valued?
The State Tax Commission values agricultural property, including farmland and forestland. Soil type and productivity are criteria used for valuation.


*The preceding is meant to provide a general overview regarding commonly asked questions relating to taxes administered by the Mississippi Tax Commission. This is an interpretation of the tax laws and is not meant to function as formal guidelines, regulation, order or ruling. Recent legislation and announcements may have an effect on the accuracy of this information. Please consult with the Mississippi Code Annotated and Mississippi Administrative Code for the most up-to-date version of the law and procedures. This is being used for illustrative purposes only and should not be solely relied upon.

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