2007 Regular Session
To: Ways and Means
By: Representative Reynolds, Peranich
AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF ANY COUNTY AND THE GOVERNING AUTHORITIES OF ANY MUNICIPALITY TO EXEMPT FROM AD VALOREM TAXES, EXCEPT TAXES FOR SCHOOL DISTRICT PURPOSES, MOTOR VEHICLES OWNED BY RESIDENTS OF THIS STATE WHO ARE SERVING ON ACTIVE DUTY PURSUANT TO MILITARY ORDERS IN IRAQ OR AFGHANISTAN; TO AUTHORIZE THE STATE TAX COMMISSION TO ADOPT AND PROMULGATE RULES AND REGULATIONS TO ADMINISTER AND IMPLEMENT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ACT; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. (1) The board of supervisors of any county and the governing authorities of any municipality, in the discretion of the board or governing authorities, by order duly adopted and entered upon their respective official minutes, may grant an exemption from motor vehicle ad valorem taxes levied by the county or levied by the municipality, as the case may be, as specified in subsection (2) of this section on one (1) motor vehicle owned by a resident of this state who, as a member of the Mississippi National Guard, as a member of the Armed Forces of the United States or as a member of any reserve component of the Armed Forces of the United States is serving on active duty pursuant to military orders in Iraq or Afghanistan.
(2) (a) A board of supervisors may exempt from all county ad valorem taxes, except ad valorem taxes for school district purposes, one (1) vehicle for eligible Mississippi active duty servicemembers as set forth in subsection (1) of this section for the license tag registration year or portion of year during which the military service described under subsection (1) of this section is being performed.
(b) The governing authorities of a municipality may exempt from all municipal ad valorem taxes, except ad valorem taxes for school district purposes, one (1) vehicle for eligible Mississippi active duty servicemembers as set forth in subsection (1) of this section for the license tag registration year or portion of year during which the military service described under subsection (1) of this section is being performed.
(3) Upon application to the tax collector for issuance of a motor vehicle license tag and/or decals, any person wishing to be granted the exemption under the provisions of this section shall present to the tax collector a copy of his military orders establishing his right to such exemption, and the applicant shall be entitled to an exemption from county and/or municipal motor vehicle ad valorem taxes in the amount provided for under subsection (2) of this section if the board of supervisors of the county or the governing authorities of the municipality have authorized such exemption.
(4) The State Tax Commission shall adopt and promulgate such rules and regulations as may be necessary to administer and implement the provisions of this section.
(5) This section shall stand repealed from and after September 30, 2009.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after March 1, 2007.