AP analysis: Mississippi could rethink law on overdue taxes

State law currently requires the Mississippi Department of Revenue to garnish 100 percent of the wages of a government official or employee should that person become delinquent in paying taxes.

Going back to September 2011, a legislative watchdog group recommended the law be changed to allow garnishment of 25 percent to 100 percent of wages until the tax obligation is met.

But discussions on the recommendation have been few, and the Legislature has not acted.

Employees of private companies and government entities are subject to wage garnishment, which is the practice of an employer deducting money from a worker’s paycheck before he or she receives it. The amount varies from state to state.

Mississippi’s law dates back to the 1930s. It has been amended over the years, most recently to provide for garnishment of the wages in unpaid child support cases.