MISSISSIPPI LEGISLATURE

1997 Regular Session

To: Finance

By: Senator(s) Bryan

Senate Bill 2729

(As Sent to Governor)

AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 27-25-23, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO INCREASE FROM $10.00 A MONTH TO $3,600.00 A YEAR THE AMOUNT THAT A TAXPAYER'S MONTHLY SEVERANCE TAX LIABILITY MAY NOT EXCEED IN ORDER FOR SUCH TAXPAYER TO BE AUTHORIZED TO FILE QUARTERLY TIMBER SEVERANCE TAX RETURNS. 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:

 

SECTION 1. Section 27-25-23, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:

27-25-23. The taxes levied hereunder shall be due and payable in monthly installments, on or before the fifteenth day of the month next succeeding the month in which the tax accrues. The person liable for the tax shall, on or before the fifteenth day of the month, make out a return on the form prescribed, showing the amount of the tax for which he is liable for the preceding month, and shall mail or send the same, together with a remittance for the amount of the tax, to the office of the commissioner. Provided, however, that when the total tax for which any person is liable under this article does not exceed the sum of Three Thousand Six Hundred Dollars ($3,600.00) a year, a quarterly return and remittance, in lieu of the monthly return, may be made on or before the fifteenth day of the month next succeeding the end of the quarter for which the tax is due. Such return shall be signed by the taxpayer or a duly authorized agent of the taxpayer.

All administrative provisions and definitions of the Mississippi Sales Tax Law, including those imposing penalties, interest and damages for failure to pay taxes imposed, and all other requirements and duties imposed upon taxpayers under said chapter, shall apply with like force and effect to all persons liable for taxes under the provisions of this article, and the commissioner shall exercise all power and authority and perform all the duties with respect to taxpayers under this article as are provided in said Mississippi Sales Tax Law. In case of conflict between the provisions of this article and any provisions of said sales tax law, then the provisions of this article shall control.

Provided, that in the case of persistent or willful failure to make any return and pay the tax shown to be due, damages of not less than ten percent (10%), nor more than twenty-five percent (25%), shall be assessed and collected by the commissioner, in addition to all other penalties. All damages collected on timber or timber products hereunder shall be disbursed to the state and counties on the basis of one half to the county in which severed, and one half to the state.

SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 1997.