|Leisure and Recreation District (LRD) | 4/7/2020|
Mississippi law allows cities to establish a Leisure and
Recreation District (LRD). LRDs are established by city ordinance.
Restaurants and bars located within the boundaries of an LRD may serve mixed
drinks to their patrons and allow patrons to leave the licensed premises with
an open container of alcohol (to-go cup). However, patrons must stay
within the boundaries of the LRD. Enforcement of the LRD is performed by
local law enforcement personnel. A list of all municipalities that have
established an LRD can be found here. LRDs
Due to the emergency situation all Mississippians are
facing, ABC is now allowing drinks in the "to go" orders made by
patrons for curbside pick-up if the restaurant is located in an LRD. It is
still illegal for premises outside of LRD's to allow patrons to leave with
mixed drinks. This is because there is a statutory prohibition on patrons
leaving a restaurant or bar with alcohol unless they are located in an LRD.
Therefore, it is not legal for permittees outside of an LRD's boundaries to
include mixed drinks in their "to go" orders.
Permittees in an LRD can serve “to-go” cups for curbside
service; permittees outside of an LRD cannot serve “to-go” cups for curbside
service. Please contact your city if you are unsure if you are located within
an LRD or if you have any other questions about an LRD.
|Emergency Relief Vehicles - Credentials for IFTA - IRP Extended | 3/30/2020|
Order of the Commissioner of Revenue
I, Herb Frierson, Commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Revenue, pursuant to the power granted to me under Miss. Code Ann. Sections 27-19-79(7) and 27-61-8, hereby declare that because there is a state of emergency resulting from the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus, it is necessary to assist and expedite all efforts of relief. In order to accommodate this need and provide assistance to the citizens affected by this emergency, I hereby order the temporary suspension of the requirements associated with the International Registration Plan (IRP) and International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) for any motor vehicle engaged in interstate emergency relief efforts which will be traveling through the State of Mississippi as part of the emergency relief. Emergency relief includes motor vehicles carrying medical supplies or pharmaceuticals, supermarket products or foods, or fuel.
The expiration date of an apportioned registration issued under the International Registration Plan which expires March 31, 2020 is suspended and the expiration date is extended to April 30, 2020.
Because of the ongoing state of emergency resulting from COVID-19, this Executive Order shall be effective until the end of sixty (60) days after the signing of the Executive Order.
Entered this 24th day of March 2020
|COVID Extensions Press Release | 3/26/2020|
Clinton, Miss. – Mississippi Department of Revenue Response to Requests for Relief
The Mississippi Department of Revenue is aware of the new pressures on the business community and state governments in responding to the COVID 19 pandemic. We are committed to doing what we can to help provide relief and certainty to our taxpayers.
|Extensions for the COVID – 19 Pandemic | 3/23/2020|
In consultation with Governor Tate Reeves and our legislative leadership, The Mississippi Department of
Revenue is providing relief to individual and business taxpayers due to the COVID‐19 pandemic.
The deadline to file and pay the 2019 individual income tax and corporate income tax is extended until
May 15, 2020. The first quarter 2020 estimated tax payment is also extended until May 15, 2020. Penalty
and interest will not accrue on the extension period through May 15, 2020.
Withholding tax payments for the month of April are extended until May 15, 2020.
The extension does not apply to Sales Tax, Use Tax, or any other tax types. These returns should be filed
and paid on the normal due date.
|Restaurant Doggie Bag Wine Sales Allowed | 3/19/2020|
ABC regulations allow restaurant customers to remove one bottle of wine from a
permitted business when the bottle was partially consumed during the course of
a meal, the permittee securely reseals the bottle for the customer, places the
bottle in a sealed bag and the restaurant provides the customer with a receipt
showing that a meal was also purchased. This is commonly referred to as a
ABC has already allowed package store permittees to offer curb side delivery
until April 30, 2020. As restaurants are either limiting sit down meals
or can no longer offer sit down meals as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the
ABC will also allow permitted restaurants to offer the “doggie bag” option for
to-go orders until April 30, 2020. This provision covers the sale of a
single, sealed bottle of wine that is sold WITH a to-go order. The same
rules apply in reference to the sealed bag and the receipt showing the purchase
of a meal and in locations where “doggie bags” are allowed. To-go sales
of mixed drinks are strictly prohibited.
|Telephone/Internet Liquor Order & Curbside Delivery | 3/17/2020|
In response to the Governor Reeves’ declaration of a state of
emergency due to COVID-19, the Department of Revenue has enacted a temporary
amendment to Title 35, Part II, Subpart 2, Chapter 3 of the Mississippi
Administrative Code. This amendment will allow customers to submit orders
and pay liquor retailers by telephone or internet, and allow liquor retailers
to provide on-premises curbside delivery. The ABC considers this rule to
have become effective March 16, 2020, will remain in effect for 120 days. It may be viewed on the Department of
Revenue’s website at www.dor.ms.gov, or at
the Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.ms.gov.
The Department of Revenue will consider making a permanent change to the rule
to allow for orders and curbside delivery when warranted during a state of
emergency. The ABC is authorizing this practice until April 30, 2020
at this time. We will review the need to extend such authorization and
issue a notification if it is extended.
The rule states as follows:
Except as stated herein, all sales of alcoholic beverages
shall be made inside the permitted premises. If the Governor of the State of
Mississippi has declared a State of Emergency or the Commissioner otherwise
determines it is in the best interest of the State to do so, permitted sales
for package retailers may include orders and payment over the telephone or over
the internet with curbside pickup for customers in the parking lot of the
package retailers. The Department will issue a public announcement if curbside
service is authorized.
Remember, you must still ensure that the individual picking
up the order is over the age of 21.
|Children's Promise Act Notice Calendar Year 2020 | 1/2/2020|
Notice: Miss. Code Ann. §27-7-22.41 provides that the aggregate amount of tax credits that may be allocated by the Department of Revenue to certain business enterprises making voluntary cash contributions to eligible charitable organizations cannot exceed five million dollars ($5,000,000) in a calendar year.
The Department has received applications for allocations exceeding the five million dollars ($5,000,000) of funds available for the 2020 calendar year. Thus, unless businesses fail to make the contributions to the charitable organizations specified on the applications, there will be no additional funds to allocate for the 2020 year.
|Children's Promise Act Notice | 12/4/2019|
Notice: In 2019, the Mississippi Legislature passed the Children’s Promise Act, which authorized a tax credit for businesses when they donate to an Eligible Charitable Organization. There is no cap for each individual business taxpayer; however, the total amount that can be allocated is $5,000,000 for all business taxpayers combined. The Department foresees that applications for the entire $5,000,000 will be submitted soon after the application process opens on January 1, 2020. For more guidelines on how the credits will be allocated, please click here.
Update 12/13/19 - Taxpayers planning to apply for an Allocation of Business Contributions Made to Eligible Charitable Organizations on January 1, 2020, may send a test e-mail to email@example.com during regular business hours. The Department will respond with the time received shown on our e-mail system. The Department's email system is unable to accept emails over 25MB.
|Business Contributions Made to Eligible Charitable Organizations (Children’s Promise Act) | 10/24/2019|
Notice: Miss. Code Ann. §27-7-22.41 provides that the aggregate
amount of tax credits that may be allocated by the Department of Revenue to
certain business enterprises making voluntary cash contributions to eligible
charitable organizations cannot exceed five million dollars ($5,000,000) in a
Department has allocated the five million dollars ($5,000,000) of funds
available for the 2019 calendar year.
Department of Revenue will begin accepting applications for the 2020 calendar
year after January 1, 2020.
|Mississippi Storm and Flooding Relief | 10/1/2019|
Mississippi will follow federal extensions granted to victims of severe storms, straight-line winds,
tornadoes and flooding that took place between February 22, 2019 and March 29, 2019.
Taxpayers who reside in the counties designated as federally declared disaster areas have until
July 31, 2019 to file individual income, corporate income and pass-through entity tax returns due
between February 22, 2019 and March 29, 2019. This relief does not provide an extension for
payments on prior liabilities.
Any disaster area taxpayer who receives a penalty notice should contact our office at (601) 923-
7700 to receive abatement. In addition, we will work with any taxpayer who resides elsewhere
but whose books, records or tax professional are located in the disaster areas.
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