Homestead Exemption

Homestead Exemption

If you qualify for Homestead Exemption, the period for filing is January 2 – April 1 and you’ll do this through your County Tax Assessor’s office. To qualify, you must own your home as a primary residence, and live there on or before January 1st of the current year, and your warranty deed must be on file by January 7th in the Chancery Clerk’s office. If your home is a mobile home, then you’ll also need to take your Bill of Sale and Application of Title to certify it for taxation.

  • Items needed to apply for Homestead Exemption:
  • Driver’s license
  • Recorded deed
  • Closing statement (purchase price, down payment, interest rate)
  • Social security numbers (including spouse, even if not on the deed)
  • Tag numbers for all automobiles titled to owners of the home
  • Social Security disability letter from the Social Security Administration (if applicable)
  • Disabled veteran letter from the VA with claim number (if applicable)

  • Reasons you may need to re-apply for Homestead Exemption:
  • Change of marital status
  • Sold a home
  • Became eligible for a different type of exemption (65+ years old or disabled)
  • Files a new deed
  • Built a new home
  • Changed residence
  • Combined properties or added property to your current exemption
  • Percentage of eligibility changed

You may need to file a new application if there have been any changes such as marital status, changes to the property (attached property purchased or sold), percentage of eligibility, etc.

If you need copies from your closing or have any questions, just give your agent a call. We’re always available and happy to help you with any of your real estate needs. We sincerely appreciate your continued confidence and support, as well as your referrals to your family and friends!

Here are the local addresses:
Forrest County: You will need to file at the Courthouse in Hattiesburg, located at 601 Main Street. Phone: 601-545-6130

Lamar County: You will need to file at the Courthouse in Purvis, located at 203 Main Street. Phone: 601-544-4410

Perry County: You will need to file at the Courthouse in New Augusta, located at Courthouse Sq. Phone: 601-964-3398

Jones County: You will need to file at the Courthouse in Ellisville, located at 101 N. Court St. Phone: 601-477-3253

Covington County: You will need to file at the Courthouse in Collins, located at 101 Elm Ave. Phone: 601-765-6232

Marion County: You will need to file at the Courthouse in Columbia, located at 250 Broad St. Phone: 601-731-5972