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House passes bill exempting sales tax on power, gasoline

JACKSON — Factory operators, farmers and fishermen could stop paying sales taxes on electricity and fuel, under a state House proposal. Representatives passed House Bill 844 by a 75-43 vote yesterday to exempt those groups from a 1.5 percent sales tax on fuel used in producing those industries’ products. It now goes to the Senate for more debate. The tax ...

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Municipal officials still hoping for local sales tax option

JACKSON — A Mississippi House committee has given municipal officials what they’ve wanted for more than 20 years — a chance at passage of a local options sales tax. The House Ways and Means Committee yesterday approved a bill for a 1 percent local sales tax as a way to build parks, improve water systems and get crumbling streets back ...

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Communities want to set local sales tax, not Legislature

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Municipal officials are again proposing a 1 percent local sales tax as a way to build parks, improve water systems and get crumbling streets back into shape. They need a change in state law to move forward. Legislators have resisted local tax proposals for years, and it’s not clear whether 2013 will be different. Under two bills ...

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Town to use sales tax collections to pay off loan from state

SUMMIT — The Summit Town Council has agreed to divert more than $7,000 in monthly sales tax revenues to pay off a $1.4-million debt to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, which is bankrolling the town’s new wastewater treatment facility. Town Clerk Pat Whittington tells the Enterprise-Journal DEQ officials stipulated in their loan agreement with the town that the monthly ...

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Sales tax group offers rundown of simplified collection procedures

One of the study groups Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann assembles annually to kick around business law reform ideas recently got the ins and outs of sales tax simplification procedures, including the mechanisms behind collecting sales taxes charged by out-of-state retailers. Two bills are circulating through Congress that would give states the authority to collect sales taxes levied by retailers ...

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Revenue Department puts lien on Delta civic center

GREENWOOD — The Mississippi Department of Revenue has put a $14,182 lien on a Leflore County Civic Center bank account based on allegations the center didn’t pay sales taxes. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports the Leflore County Board of Supervisors, which owns the Civic Center, unanimously voted to appeal the lien. The Civic Center’s director says that some of what the ...

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Retailers across the state gearing up for annual Sales Tax Holiday

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s annual sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday and ends at midnight Saturday. Mississippi retailers are gearing up for one of their busiest times of the year. Department of Revenue spokeswoman Kathy Waterbury says nothing has changed from previous years in which shoppers can save 7 percent on certain clothes and shoes that cost $100 ...

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Coast city must make cuts; facing multi-million-dollar deficit

GULFPORT — Gulfport city officials are being told they are going to have to make millions of dollars in spending cuts. Gulfport is on track to end this fiscal year with a $1 million deficit that could climb to $4 million in 2013, finance director Mike Necaise said. The problems include revenue shortfalls and increased costs, including upkeep on post-Katrina ...

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City's year-over-year sales tax collections up nearly 10%

NATCHEZ — Sales tax collections in May for the city of Natchez increased 9.5 percent over May of last year. The Natchez Democrat reports it was the 10th month of an upward trend in sales taxes for Natchez. Overall sales tax collections totaled approximately $447,780, up approximately $38,980 from the $408,800 collected in May 2011. City Clerk Donnie Holloway has ...

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Mayor endorses proposed countywide sales tax

PICAYUNE — Picayune Mayor Ed Pinero Jr. has endorsed a proposal for a 1-cent countywide sales tax, which would also be applied in the Pearl River County’s two municipalities, Picayune and Poplarville. The tax was initially proposed by county Supervisor Anthony Hales Sr. Pinero tells the Picayune Item his support depends on whether or not a portion of the sales ...

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