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Homestead Exemption

Homestead exemption is a law passed by the Mississippi legislature in 1936 to give homeowners a reduction on their property taxes. To receive this tax break you must:

  1. File a homestead exemption application between January 1 and April 1
  2. Be a legal resident of the state of Mississippi
  3. Be current on your state of Mississippi income tax
  4. Be in compliance with the road and bridge privilege tax law
  5. Be an owner and occupant of the property

The right to the exemption shall be determined according to the facts existing on January 1 of each year.

In 1994 the law was changed to one time filing of homestead exemption, which means that once you file homestead exemption you do not have to re-file unless you have had one of the following changes in the preceding year:

  1. Change of ownership of your property
  2. Marital status (if you were separated, divorced or married during the preceding year)
  3. Use or occupancy (if you no longer occupy this house or rent any part)
  4. Purchased another home
  5. New residents of Greene County who purchased a home must file a new application
  6. If you became sixty-five years of age or disabled (bring proof of age or disability)
  7. Death of a spouse

When Filing Homestead Exemption For The First Time You Must Bring:

  • All deeds to your property (it has to be the recorded instrument - warranty deeds or quit-claims -- NOT the Deed of Trust)
  • Car tag numbers for all vehicles owned by you or in your possession.  (If you have tags other than Greene County, you must change them before you can file).
  • Social Security numbers for you, your spouse and any joint owners.
  • Birth dates for you, your spouse and any joint owners.
  • Purchase price of home.
  • Amount of down-payment or equity.
  • Purchase price of land, if you purchased it separately from the home.
  • If you built your home yourself, we need to know what it cost you to build it.
  • If you live in a mobile home on your property, you must bring your mobile home registration certificate.
  • If you are 65 years of age or older, you need to bring proof of age, such as a driver's license or birth certificate.
  • If you are 100% disabled, you should inquire as to what you should do.

The two types of homestead exemptions are regular and special homestead. If you receive regular homestead exemption, you get a dollar amount taken off your taxes based on the value of the property. Special homestead exemption is for individuals over the age of sixty-five or disabled. You must bring proof of your age or disability and re-file your homestead exemption to receive these additional breaks. The special homestead exemption provides an exemption up to $75,000 of value on homeowner's property. This means that if your property appraised at $75,000 or less you would not have to pay any taxes. If your property is appraised above $75,000 you only pay taxes on the amount above $75,000.

 Homestead Worksheet
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