UPDATE: Miss. officials eye future sales tax exemptions

RIDGELAND — Mississippi’s first sales-tax holiday on clothing takes place this week, but officials are already talking about proposals to expand the temporary exemptions to include back-to-school and hurricane preparedness supplies.

Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant and state Sen. Walter Michel held a news conference Tuesday to remind shoppers and retailers about the tax-free holiday on Friday and Saturday. The 7 percent sales tax will not be charged on most clothing priced under $100.

Michel first proposed the idea nearly a decade ago. He and Bryant said lawmakers will likely be asked next year to amend the law to include school supplies, as well as flashlights, batteries and other items needed during a hurricane. Michel said Louisiana already has a tax holiday for those supplies.

Sales tax holiday eligibles, ineligibles
The Associated Press

A short list of what’s eligible and what’s not eligible for Mississippi’s sales tax holiday.

ELIGIBLE

Athletic socks

Baseball caps

Bowling shirts

Chef uniforms

Fishing vests (non-flotation)

Gym suits

Hunting vests

Jeans

Leg warmers

Panty hose

Scarves

Swimsuits

NOT ELIGIBLE

Aprons

Baby diapers

Fabrics

Jazz and dance shoes

Headbands

Life jackets

Safety shoes

Sports helmets

Wallets

Watches

Work gloves

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Source: Mississippi State Tax Commission

The Associated Press