Senate kills bill authorizing withholding of tax refunds
A bill that would have authorized the state to withhold income tax refunds from Mississippians who owe debt to private hospitals and community colleges was voted down in the Senate on Wednesday.
Those who owe debts greater than $100 to nonprofit hospitals and $25 to community colleges could have had state income tax refunds withheld under the bill.
The practice is already used for uncollected four-year university and child support debts. In addition to state community colleges, the bill would have broadened the practice to include nonprofit hospitals, making them the first private entity able to draw upon state assistance to collect outstanding debts.
Posted March 9, 2017 - 3:30 am