State law provides you a significant tax break on ad valorem (property) taxes on property that is homestead exempt. If you have not already, go to your local tax assessor’s office and fill out the necessary paperwork to make your primary residence homestead exempt. You must file on or before April 1 in order to qualify for homestead exemption for the assessment year.
To get the process started, fill out the forms and take it into the Rankin County Tax Assessor’s office between now and April 1.
For Hinds County residents, go to this link to start the progress.
For Madison County residents, go to this link to start the process.
For Rankin County residents, go to this link to start the process.
If you have already qualified your home for homestead exemption, you don’t have to do anything more. The exempt status carries over year after year. But if you bought a new home in 2016, you must qualify the new property for the exemption. Additionally, a change in marital status you need to refile.
If you are not sure if your land is homestead exempt, call your local Tax Assessor’s office. Whether Rankin or Madison, both are staffed by helpful, kind people.
Additional information is available at the following pdf from the state department of revenue by clicking here.
Source: www.thereznews.com ; Troy Odom, partner with the law firm of Blair & Bondurant, P.A