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A report of Governor Haley Barbour’s special tax study commission has been posted online.


To view the report of the Tax Study Commission, click here.


In January 2008, Governor Barbour announced creation of the Tax Study Commission, a public-private working group whose mission was to study Mississippi’s tax code and recommend reforms. The commission has taken a unified approach, which enabled its members to provide a clearer, more accurate picture of the entire tax system than has been available to the Legislature and the public in the past. Most importantly, the commission has conducted a comprehensive study of the state tax system, taking into consideration the federal and local tax loads as well.

The Governor said any adjustments in the state tax code should complement federal and local tax codes in providing a stable source of revenue for essential public services while encouraging economic growth and job creation.




Governor Barbour announces Tax Study Commission


Subcommittee breakdown of Tax Study Commission


Governor Barbour's Tax Study Commission to provide public comment opportunity




The Governor's Tax Study Commission meetings are open to the general public. 


Monday, March 24, 2008

10:00a.m.-2:00p.m. Woolfolk State Office Building in downtown Jackson


Tuesday, April 29, 2008

10:00a.m.-2:00p.m. Walter Payton Recreation Center, Jackson State University

Monday, May 19, 2008  

10:00a.m.-2:00p.m. Mississippi Telcom Center in downtown Jackson

*Individuals and groups will have an opportunity to speak publicly to the Tax Study Commission during this meeting.  Interested speakers or groups should email [email protected] or call 601-359-3150 by May 15 to reserve time.  Those who do not reserve speaking time but attend the meeting will be placed at the end of the list and, if time allows, will be allowed to comment.  Space will be allocated on a first come first serve basis, and written statements will also be accepted.


**The video of the May 19 Tax Study Commission can be viewed by clicking here or visiting www.mpbonline.org.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

10:00a.m.-2:00p.m. Mississippi Telcom Center in downtown Jackson

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

10:00a.m.-2:00p.m. Mississippi Telcom Center in downtown Jackson

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

10:00a.m.-2:00p.m. Sparkman Auditorium, Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum

*Click here for directions


Wednesday, August 27, 2008

11a.m.-2:00p.m. Mississippi Telcom Center in downtown Jackson




The following links are provided for informational purposes and do not necessarily represent the views of Governor Barbour, the Mississippi Governor's Office, or the Tax Study Commission.




U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis: http://www.bea.gov/


Internal Revenue Service: http://www.irs.gov/

U.S. Census Bureau: http://www.census.gov/


Mississippi State Auditor's Office (county data): http://www.osa.state.ms.us/documents.asp




Mississippi State Tax Commission: www.mstc.state.ms.us

Annual Report: Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2007

Mississippi’s Tax Structure: A Comparison of Tax Collections, Diversions, Credits and Rates

Sales Tax Historical Notes and Amendments

Income Tax Historical Notes and Amendments


Mississippi Municipal League: www.mmlonline.com

Estimated Municipal Revenues (graphic)

Estimated Municipal Expenditures (graphic)


Mississippi State Institutions of Higher Learning, Center for Policy Research and Planning: www.ihl.state.ms.us

A Summary Comparison of State Taxes in Selected Southeastern States

The Annual Tax Expenditure Report

Blue Ribbon Tax Study Commission: Mississippi Economic Growth (by Dr. Phil Pepper, State Economist)


Mississippi Economic Policy Center: www.mepconline.org/index.php

Putting the Pieces Together: A Taxpayer’s Guide to the Mississippi Budget


Mississippi Department of Employment Security: www.mdes.ms.gov

Economic and Labor Market Analysis in Mississippi


American Legislative Exchange Council: www.alec.org

Rich State Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index


Governing Magazine: www.governing.com

Growth and Taxes


The Tax Foundation: www.taxfoundation.org

Special Report: An Opportunity to Improve Mississippi’s Tax Climate

Special Report: State and Local Tax Burdens Hit 25-Year High

2008 State Business Tax Climate Index

Facts and Figures 2008

Facts and Figures 2007

Mississippi: State-Local Tax Burden Compared to U.S. Average (1970-2007)

State Individual Income Tax Rates, 2007

State Corporate Income Tax Rates

Comparison of Corporate Income Tax Rates (graphic)

Comparison of Personal Income Tax Rates (graphic)

Comparison of General Sales Tax Rates (graphic)


Mississippi Development Authority: www.mississippi.org

Tax Study Commission Report (by Gray Swoope, Executive Director of MDA)