Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has vetoed a bill that would've given the Department of Revenue the power to more quickly close a business that shirks its taxes.
Senate Bill 2675 would've allowed the revenue commissioner to close a business if it fails to file a tax return or pay a finally-determined tax liability, or if it operates once a license has been revoked.
Bryant says the bill would have excessively broadened the Revenue Department's authority.
The closure would have required 10 days' notice.
A person trying to interfere with closure could have been sentenced to six months in jail.
A DOR spokeswoman says the agency already has the authority to close a business, but only after a lengthy process.
Bryant wrote that the department has other enforcement tools.
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