Gulfport, Mississippi Property Tax Law

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Gulfport, Mississippi laws require that most owners of real property pay taxes on its value. "Real property" refers to building and land, and objects (like natural resources) that are permanently attached to the land.

The property tax in Gulfport, Mississippi is simply a percentage of a piece of property's appraised value, paid to the state and/or local government on a periodic - normally annual - basis.

The federal government almost never imposes property taxes directly. Property taxes are gathered nearly always by state, county, and local governments.

How Property Tax is Calculated in Gulfport, Mississippi

Normally, Gulfport, Mississippi property taxes are decided as a percentage of the property's value. Tax rates differentiate widely, but they usually run from less than 1% up to about 5%.

In order to impose this tax, the government of Gulfport, Mississippi initially has to decide the taxable value of a piece of property.

As you probably know, value is not always objective. For example, the owners of family heirlooms normally place far more value on them than their objective monetary value. So tax officials have to be careful to only use objective criteria in valuing property for tax purposes.

To that end, the Gulfport, Mississippi employees in charge of appraising land look at objective facts to determine value, like the size of the land and any buildings on it, the way in which the land may legally be utilized (zoning), and the health of the local real estate market.

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How A Gulfport, Mississippi Property Tax Attorney Can Help.

Gulfport, Mississippi's property tax system is somewhat difficult. Legal disputes arising from property taxes can arise in a number of ways. For instance, the state might accuse a homeowner of failing to pay their property taxes, when they really have. Conversely, a homeowner might believe that the value of their property was appraised inaccurately, resulting in a higher tax bill.

If you are immersed in a property tax dispute with the tax authorities of Gulfport, Mississippi, you should seek the help of a Gulfport, Mississippi tax attorney. Your attorney can help you prevent a small tax problem from turning into something much bigger and more expensive than it needs to be.

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Life in Gulfport

Gulfport is located in the state of Mississippi.  With a population of over 71,000, it is the co-county seat of Harrison County, alongside the city of Biloxi.  The city was incorporated in 1898 and had its beginnings as a port and lumber city.  It contains over 6 miles of man made white-sand beaches by the Gulf of Mexico.  

Gulfport is a residential city that also boasts a strong economic center of industry.  The Gulfport Main Street Association oversees the development of the downtown area.  The city is home to several companies as well as the U.S. Navy Seabees.  Notable residents have included NFL quarterback Brett Favre and linebacker Rod Davis.

The city's Leisure Services offer a variety of community-centered activities at its many parks and recreation centers.  Other popular places to visit are the Gulf Islands Water Park and the Gulfport Sportsplex, which attracts many sports tourists.  Every year the city hosts what is known as the "World's Largest Fishing Rodeo".     

Gulfport has survived a great deal of damage from hurricanes, including Hurricane Camille in 1969 and more recently Hurricane Katrina.   The state of Mississippi has issued a Hurricane Katrina Disaster Training Manual for those who have been affected, including Gulfport lawyers.  Lawyers in Gulfport, Mississippi have contributed greatly to the rebuilding of the city.

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