Mississippi Sales Tax Guide

A step-by-step guide to understanding Mississippi sales tax rules.


Did you know shoes were first sold in pairs in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in 1884? It's true. Sales tax collection in Mississippi, however, wasn't instituted until 1930 so Phil Gilbert’s Shoe Parlor didn't have to think about filing and remitting tax revenue. Modern sellers, however, need to understand the ins and outs of Mississippi sales and use tax law. Our guide will help you establish a foundation for understand sales tax and how it applies to your sales in Mississippi.

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Table of Contents

An Overview of Mississippi Sales Tax

Understanding where, when, and how to collect Mississippi sales tax is no easy task. Whether you're collecting tax dollars at the point-of-sale or collecting Mississippi internet sales tax, our guide will break down the sales tax compliance process into focused, easy to understand chapters.

Mississippi Sales Tax Nexus

Understanding whether you need to collect, file, and remit Mississippi sales tax depends on a concept known as nexus. In this chapter, we'll take a look at situations that may trigger in Mississippi such as storing inventory in the state, hiring state residents, and click-through nexus.

Registering to Collect Mississippi Sales Tax

You'll want to get started establishing Mississippi sales tax compliance by understanding how to get your business registered for the necessary sales tax permit. We'll walk you through the process and help you understand when is the best time to get your business registered in Mississippi.

Collecting Sales Tax in Mississippi

After you've registered your business with the Mississippi Department of Revenue, you're ready to begin collecting sales tax. We'll review topics such as Mississippi sales tax exemptions, sales tax holidays, and determining state and local sales tax rates.

Filing Mississippi Sales Tax Returns

Now that you're business is registered with the Mississippi Department of Revenue and collecting sales tax, you'll need to file tax returns in an ongoing basis. We'll help you gain a deep understand of the process of filing sales tax returns. Topic covered include filing frequencies, filing on behalf of a client, and what happens if you file late.

Mississippi Sales Tax Filing Due Dates

Every business that registers to collect Mississippi sales tax will be assigned a filing frequency. In this chapter, we'll take a look at the filing frequencies and associated due dates supported by the Mississippi Department of Revenue.

Late Filing Penalties, Fines & Interest

We know, mistakes happen and, from time to time, sales tax filing deadlines are missed. In this chapter, we'll take a look at what penalties you may be required to pay should you miss your assigned Mississippi sales tax filing date. We'll also consider interest charges for late sales tax payments.

Sales Tax on Mississippi Shipping & Handling

The rise of the internet economy has made it possible for buyers around the world to order your products. Did you know shipping and handling may be taxable? In this chapter we'll cover sales tax on shipping and handling in Mississippi. You'll want to pay attention here because there are some important details pertaining to invoicing you'll want to understand.