Bryant Vetoes Tax Enforcement Bill

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

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if it fails to file a tax return or pay a finally-determined tax liability, or if it operates once a license has been revoked.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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