Tax Assessor and Collector
Charles Williams, Jr.
308 Court Street
Wiggins, MS 39577
Hours of Operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tax Assessor Services:
The role of the Stone County Tax Assessor and Collector is to maintain the real, personal and ad valorem tax rolls of the county, administer homestead applications, generate property maps, and collect taxes on real property, personal property, mobile homes, motor homes, automobiles, motorcycles, trailers and airplanes.
REQUIREMENTS TO TRANSFER A TITLE OR TAG
The following items are required when requesting a Tag or Title transfer:
- Original title (signed by owner or owners as shown on the front) or a copy of the title application provided by the dealer.
- Odometer disclosure statement if vehicle is newer than ten (10) years
- New owner or owners must be present to sign title application (unless a notarized power of attorney form is used)
- Proof of Residency (utility bill or other item with home address indicated)
- Window sticker with MSRP for new cars
Vehicle registration (car tags) can be renewed in person at the Tax Collector’ Office or by mail.
MOTOR VEHICLE LICENSING
Upon the purchase of a new vehicle, the tag must be purchased within seven (7) working days of the purchase date to avoid penalties.
The Mississippi Tax Commission provides specialty tags available for a fee. Click here for a list and a picture of the current tag list. To view a list of the Nascar driver license plates, click here.
Upon selling or trading a vehicle, the seller shall remove the license plate from the vehicle and surrender the tag and receipt to the tax collector's office for credit towards another tag or a certificate of credit. No refunds.
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
- First working day in January - Begin accepting New Homestead Applications or making changes to existing applications.
- February 1st - Last day to pay real estate, personal property, and mobile home taxes without a late fee.
- April 1st - Last day to file for homestead exemption.
- April 1st - Last day for businesses to file personal property renditions.
- July 15th - Land rolls and personal property rolls open for public inspection.
- July 31st - Last day to pay real estate taxes to keep them from being published in the newspaper.
- First Monday in August - Deadline to file valuation appeals with the board of supervisors for both real and personal properties.
- Last Monday in August - Property tax sale of all delinquent accounts.
- October 1st - New millage rates go into effect.
- December 1st - Begin collecting real and personal property taxes.
Homestead Exemption may be filed from January 1 st to April 1 st. The following documents are needed when filing for homestead exemption:
- 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 Stone 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.