BY: Steve Wilson | Watchdog.org
Mississippi’s property tax system received a barely passing grade in a study by the Council on State Taxation, a nonprofit trade association of multistate corporations.
The state received a C in the organization’s latest scorecard, “The Best and Worst of International Property Tax Administration.”
The study grades on transparency, simplicity, consistency and procedural fairness. Mississippi received a grade of C in all three categories.
At least there’s something to be said for consistency.
Mississippi’s grade in procedure fairness suffered most when it came to appeals and the burden of proof, where the state received an F. In many states, taxpayers have 60 days to file an appeal, but in Mississippi that amount varies from 10 to 20 days. In the case of an appeal, state law requires two competent witnesses to testify a property is assessed at a higher rate than its true value.