Mississippi Gov. Bryant vetoes tax enforcement bill

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has vetoed a bill that would’ve given the Department of Revenue the power to more quickly shutter a business that shirks its taxes.

Senate Bill 2675 would’ve allowed the revenue commissioner to close a business if it fails to file a tax return or pay a finally determined tax liability, or if it operates once a license has been revoked.

Bryant says the bill would’ve excessively broadened the Revenue Department’s authority. The closure would have required 10 days’ notice. A person trying to interfere with closure could’ve spent six months in jail.

A DOR spokeswoman says the agency already has the authority to close a business, but only after a lengthy process.

Bryant wrote that the department has other enforcement tools.