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Mississippi tax rate changes, November 2016


 Restaurant food is soon to be subject to a higher rate of tax in Meridian, Mississippi.

A new special tax takes effect in Meridian, Mississippi on November 1, 2016. The 2% tax is in addition to all other taxes and applies to the gross proceeds of restaurants from the sale of prepared food and beverages.

The special tax is the result of the enactment of House Bill 1770, which authorizes Meridian to levy special taxes on certain businesses located within the corporate limits of the city. “Restaurant” is defined as “all places within the corporate limits of the city where prepared food and beverages are sold for consumption, whether such food is consumed on the premises or not.” It does not include convalescent or nursing homes, hospitals, medical clinics or schools that provide food for patients, students, visitors or their families.

Revenue generated by the tax will help fund the construction, equipping and furnishing of the Southern Arts and Entertainment Center, which includes an artists’ village, amphitheater, performing arts center and conference center. Additional information.


Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.