Mississippi Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley is asking for churches and places of worship to check their utility bills to make sure they are not paying sales tax.
Churches in Mississippi are exempt from paying state sales tax on the purchase of electricity, natural gas, water and other utilities, according to a PSC press release. Presley said he wants to assist churches in getting the charges removed from their bills.
"I'm working to help Mississippi churches and places of worship save as much money as possible. Churches have been exempted from sales tax on their utility bills, but certain action has to be taken by the church to receive this benefit," Presley said. "I want to make sure that each church in Mississippi knows about this discount and how to get it. If each church will contact our office, we will walk them through the steps, if needed."
To take advantage of the exemption, the church must provide IRS documentation to the utility companies showing that they are exempted from federal income taxes. The affidavit form is available online at dor.ms.gov.
Fore more information on getting the charges removed, contact the Public Service assistance.