2005 Regular Session
To: Ways and Means
By: Representative Watson
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 27-65-27, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO AUTHORIZE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE STATE TAX COMMISSION TO REFUSE TO ISSUE TO OR REVOKE THE PERMIT TO ENGAGE IN BUSINESS UNDER THE SALES TAX LAW OF, ANY PERSON WHO HAS NOT SATISFIED ALL TAX LIABILITIES TO THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 27-65-27, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
27-65-27. (1) Any person who engages, or who intends to engage, in any business or activity which will subject such person to a privilege tax imposed by this chapter, shall apply to the commissioner for a permit to engage in and to conduct any business or activity upon the condition that he shall pay the tax accruing to the State of Mississippi under the provisions of this chapter, and shall keep adequate records of such business or activity as required by this chapter. By making an application for a permit issued pursuant to this section, a person agrees, regardless of his presence in this state, to:
(a) Be subject to the jurisdiction of this state for purposes of taxation;
(b) Collect and remit all taxes levied under this chapter on the type of business or activity to be conducted by the applicant;
(c) Be subject to all the provisions of this chapter.
(2) Upon receipt of such permit, the applicant shall be duly licensed under this chapter to engage in and conduct such business or activity. Said permit shall continue in force so long as the person to whom it is issued shall continue in the same business at the same location, unless revoked by the commissioner for cause.
(3) The commissioner shall require of every person desiring to engage in business within this state who maintains no permanent place of business within this state, of every person desiring to engage in the business of making sales of mobile homes, a cash bond or an approved surety bond in an amount sufficient to cover twice the estimated tax liability for a period of three (3) months. * * * However, * * * the bond shall in no case be less than One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) and * * * the tax may be prepaid in lieu of filing bond if the amount is approved by the commissioner. This bond shall be filed with the commissioner prior to the issuance of a permit to do business and before any * * * person may engage in business within this state. Failure to comply with the provision will subject such person to the penalties provided by this chapter.
(4) The commissioner is hereby authorized to revoke the permit of any person failing to comply with any of the provisions of this chapter, after giving to the person holding the permit ten (10) days' notice of the intention of the commissioner to revoke the license. Unless good cause be shown within the ten-day period why the permit should not be revoked, the commissioner may revoke the permit, and revocation of the permit, or engaging or continuing in business after the permit is revoked, shall subject the person to all the penalties imposed by this chapter.
(5) Any person liable for the tax who fails to obtain a permit from the commissioner, or who continues in business after a permit has been revoked, or who fails to make his returns for taxation as provided, or who fails to keep adequate records and invoices provided by this chapter, or who fails or refuses to permit inspection of such records, or who fails to pay any taxes due under this chapter, shall forfeit his rights to do business in this state until he complies with all the provisions of this chapter and until he enters into a bond, with sureties, to be approved by the commissioner, in an amount not to exceed twice the amount of all taxes estimated to become due under this chapter by the person for any period of three (3) months, conditioned to comply with the provisions of this chapter, and pay all taxes legally due by him.
(6) If any person is engaged in or continuing in this state in any business or activity without obtaining a permit, or after a permit has been revoked, or without filing a required bond, or without keeping and allowing inspection of all records required by this chapter, or without making a return, or returns, and without paying all taxes due by him under this chapter, it shall be the duty of the commissioner to proceed by injunction to prevent the continuance of the business. Any temporary injunction enjoining the continuance of the business shall be granted without notice by a judge or chancellor now authorized to grant injunctions.
(7) (a) The commissioner may deny the issuance of a permit to, or revoke the existing permit of, any person, who has not satisfied all tax liabilities to the State of Mississippi.
(b) Notice of denial or revocation under this subsection shall be given by regular mail or by personal delivery to the person applying for or holding the permit. The notice of denial or revocation shall state the reasons for denial of the permit.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2005.