Remember last year, when legislators passed the Mississippi Infrastructure Modernization Act during Special Session? One of the small clauses within the bill was a new tax on hybrid and electric cars. The reasoning, that they don’t pay as much in gas taxes as other vehicles, so they should pay a little extra into county taxes.

The newly imposed tax was $75 yearly for hybrid car owners and $150 yearly for electric car owners.

Some constituents questioned why Legislature seemed to be penalizing individuals for making a fiscally responsible choice in purchasing a vehicle that gets better gas millage due to the the utilization of alternative fuel.



Well, in SB 2002, authored by Senators Hudson and Hill, that statute is now being repealed.

The bill reads: 

Section 27-19-21, Mississippi Code of 1972, which imposes an annual tax on electric vehicles and provides that the tax shall be paid to the county tax collector at the same time and  in the same manner as the annual highway privilege tax, is hereby repealed.

Section 27-19-23, Mississippi Code of 1972, which imposes an annual tax on hybrid vehicles and provides that the tax shall be paid to the county tax collector at the same time and in  the same manner as the annual highway privilege tax, is herebyrepealed.



The bill also stipulates that anyone who has already paid the tax is eligible for a reimbursement.