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P.O. Box 998

Pascagoula, MS 39568-0998

Pascagoula (Main Office)

2915 Canty Street

Pascagoula, MS 39567-4239

(228) 769-3072

(228) 769-3265

(228) 696-6518

West Jackson County

6912 Washington Avenue

Ocean Springs, MS 39564-2133

(228) 872-8178

(228) 875-3201

Hours

  • Vehicle Registration (Tags) or
    Real Estate (Property) Taxes

Monday - Friday

8:00 AM - 4:50 PM

  • Mobile Home Registration or
    New Privilege Licences

Monday - Friday

8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Real Estate Taxes


Collection of Taxes

How are Real Estate (Property) Taxes Calculated?

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 owner have the following dates to keep in mind:

  • February 1st - Deadline for paying property taxes without accruing interest
  • February 2nd - Interest will begin to accrue at 1% per month
  • August 1st - Publication fee ($3) will be added to taxes owed (for advertising the lien in the paper)
  • Last Monday of August - Property lien will be auctioned at the Annual Sale of Delinquent Taxes

How do I pay my property tax if it's not included in my mortgage payment?

On-Line

Mississippi 1-Stop On-Line Property Tax Payment

In Person

2915 Canty Street

Pascagoula, MS 39567-4239

6912 Washington Avenue

Ocean Springs, MS 39564-2133

Drive Through Available

By Mail

P.O. Box 998

Pascagoula, MS 39568-0998

Charge Backs

The Tax Collector is responsible for collecting Charge Backs for the state. A Charge Back is the amount (or excess amount) of Homestead Exemption incorrectly paid to the owner by the State. The overpayment is due to the incorrect filing of State Income Taxes by the owner. The State will notify the owner in ample time for the owner to pay the amount due back before it gets turned over to the Tax Collector and becomes a Charge Back.

The property lien can be included in the Sale of Delinquent Taxes if the owner fails to pay the Charge Back by the date of the sale.

City Clean-Up Charge

Property owners in violation of city zoning ordinances are given citations by their particular city. Once the city determines the property owner has no plans to improve the condition of the property, the city itself will clean the property. The cost incurred, by the city, for the clean up will be recorded and turned over to the Tax Collector to add to the property owner's taxes.

The property lien can be included in the Sale of Delinquent Taxes if the owner fails to pay the City Clean-Up Charge by the date of the sale.

Annual Sale of Delinquent Taxes

All fiscal year taxes that have not been 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) accrued 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 sale begins the last Monday of August each year. It is held from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM and until all delinquent parcels have been sold. The sale usually lasts between five and seven days.

Where is the sale held?

In the Main Lobby of the Old Courthouse:

Jackson County Courthouse

3104 Magnolia Street

Pascagoula, MS 39567-4127

Do you have to register for the sale and is there a fee?

Yes, you must register for the tax sale. We start registering the week before the sale until the last day of the sale. There is no fee. However, 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 sales advertised?

A listing of approximately 5000 parcels is advertised in the local paper, The Mississippi Press, on the two Wednesdays preceding the sale.

What types of payment are accepted?

Cash, check, money order, cashier's check, Visa, MasterCard and Discover Cards are accepted. Please Note: If 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 seperate non-refundable 3% convenience fee will be charged to your card as payment to the credit card company for processing your transaction.

One the tax sale ends the Tax Collector turns everything over to the Chancery Clerk's Office