Mississippi Reverses Its Stance On Taxing SaaS

Mississippi Reverses Its Stance On Taxing SaaS

As businesses both utilize and develop technology product including electronically downloaded software and cloud computing or Software-as-a-service (“SaaS”), the taxability of these products continues to be varied and can be confusing.

The SaaS model continues to be a very popular method of delivering software to users. If you are a frequent reader of our blogs, you know that many states tax the SaaS revenue stream and many do not. In this article, we take a look at how the rules in Mississippi have recently become more defined in this space and the state has changed its taxability of SaaS.

The taxability of SaaS in MS largely depends on the nature of the specific software being provided to customers. The state of Mississippi, currently taxes the SaaS revenue stream. One caveat is that the SaaS product needs to be hosted on a server owned by the customer located in Mississippi.

Effective July 1, 2023, as outlined in SB 2449, Mississippi will exempt the SaaS revenue stream from sales tax. Furthermore, it will exempt remotely accessed SaaS (computer software located on a server outside of the state and accessed only via the internet) from sales and use tax. That means that SaaS subscription revenue received from Mississippi customers will not be subject to sales tax, even if the seller has met the nexus thresholds in the state.

It is important to consult with a tax professional, like Miles Consulting Group, to ensure that your business is compliant with all of the current laws and regulations in the state in which you are doing business. Follow Miles Consulting to stay up to date on all of the current tax law changes in states around the country. The team at Miles Consulting Group is always available to discuss the specifics of your situation, whether in Mississippi or other U.S. States, and help you navigate the complex tax structures arising from multistate operations. Drop us a line at info@milesconsultinggroup.com with any questions.

Have a question? Contact Monika Miles, Miles Consulting Group.

Monika founded Miles Consulting Group which focuses on multi-state tax consulting, helping clients navigate state tax issues such as sales tax and income tax in interstate commerce, including e-commerce.

Prior to forming the firm, Monika worked for 12 years combined in Big 4 Public Accounting and private industry. Monika has provided such services as federal and state income/franchise tax compliance and consulting, sales/use tax consulting, audit support, and credits and incentives reviews. She has served clients in a variety of industries including manufacturing, technology, telecommunications, construction, utility, retail and financial institutions.

Monika graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) with a BBA in Accounting/Finance and has a Masters in Taxation from San Jose State University.

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