The Mississippi Department of Revenue has been very active in informing the public of tax-related developments resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. All taxpayers are encouraged to follow them on social media such as Facebook and Twitter, as those appear to be their primary and most easily available means of conveying information to the public at this time. While the department has closed its district and Clinton offices to the public and is operating on an essential-staff basis, it is still maintaining its call center (601.923.7700) and taxpayers can utilize the Taxpayer Access Portal (tap.dor.ms.gov), which provides taxpayers the ability to transact most of their business with the department online.
While the department has the authority to extend certain upcoming filing deadlines for state-level taxes it administers, taxpayers should be aware of several upcoming local tax filing deadlines that are not controlled by the department and that likely cannot be extended or waived under the current statutory provisions. Considering that most businesses in Mississippi and across the country have begun operating remotely, these deadlines may present significant compliance and logistical challenges.