A bill that eliminates the income tax for most Mississippi workers was unveiled today. If the law (HB 1439) passes, Mississippi workers would have thousands of extra dollars in their pocket each year.

Everybody on a payroll in Mississippi today pays $1 in state income tax out of every $20 they earn – on top of all the other taxes they have to pay.  Speaker Gunn’s proposal would raise the threshold for income tax, meaning the first $47,700 earned is tax exempt.  For married couples, the threshold would rise to $95,400.

“This is great news for Mississippi”, said President of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy, Douglas Carswell.  “Giving workers a tax break will boost the state’s economy.  It is also morally the right thing for folk to be free to keep more of what they’ve earned.”

“Instead of outright abolition of income tax, it looks like this proposal is a step towards phasing income tax out,” explained Carswell, whose think tank has been at the forefront of efforts to eliminate the tax.

“Instead of asking if we can afford to end the income tax, we ought to ask if we can afford not to. Fast growing southern states like Texas, Tennessee, and Florida don’t have income tax.  That’s why incomes in those states are rising and job creation is flourishing. Mississippi could do the same, too”.

“This bill will increase sales tax, which is not normally something we would agree with. However, if taxes must be levied, they should be levied on consumption, rather than income.”

“We are also relieved that this bill proposes lowering taxes on groceries. That will help families struggling to make ends meet.”

“Mississippi needs bold action to grow.  We welcome Speaker Gunn’s leadership.”