JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — Louisiana recently decided to start taxing online shoppers.
WJTV decided to find out if this could affect the state of Mississippi. State leaders tell us that it could only happen here if the company has operations within the state.
Right now collecting state sales tax online for anyone else is strictly voluntary. Senators say until federal legislation lays down guidelines there won’t be a majority of companies choosing to charge state sales tax.
“Mississippi is missing out on a lot of money, and I know the ladies and gentleman that shop online may not want to pay a sales tax, but other states are collecting this and Mississippi should also,” said State Senator Bob Dearing, who is a Democrat representing District 37.