2015 Mississippi Code
Title 27 - TAXATION AND FINANCE
Chapter 31 - AD VALOREM TAXES--GENERAL EXEMPTIONS
NON-PRODUCING GAS, OIL, AND MINERAL INTERESTS
§ 27-31-81 - Persons liable for tax; time for payment; penalty for insufficient payment
The mineral documentary tax shall be payable by the grantee or grantees named in and the beneficiary or real party in interest under such lease, deed, conveyance, transfer, assignment or other writing, except that as to any exception or reservation creating any such interest the tax shall be payable by the grantor or grantors in such instrument. The tax shall be due and payable upon the filing of the instrument for record, and the chancery clerk shall note the fact of the payment as provided in Section 27-31-83. Any chancery clerk, who accepts or records an instrument upon which the tax is not paid to him as required under this section, shall be liable to the county for double the amount of tax shown to have been due upon the instrument; however, the chancery clerk shall not be liable for any sum where the amount of the tax tendered is accepted by him in good faith as the proper amount due. If an insufficient amount is paid for the tax, the filing and recording of the instrument shall nevertheless be good and valid for all purposes as now provided by statute, but the additional amount which should have been paid, together with a penalty of twenty-five percent (25%) thereof and one percent (1%) interest per month thereon from the due date until paid, shall be a lien on the interest conveyed, reserved or excepted therein, and a personal debt of the said taxpayer, collectible by suit by the county for personal judgment or to enforce the lien or both.
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