Lawmakers explain legality of internet sales tax

However, Byrd and the Mississippi Senate said regardless if someone is for or against the tax, there is not a clear, legal way to collect it right now.

“We have not taken a policy position on whether we should or should not collect an internet sales tax because we first believe you have to reach the issue of ‘can you?’ Before we even really have a meaningful conversation of ‘should you?'” said Sen. Joey Fillingane, R-Sumrall and chair of the Senate Finance committee. “And right now, under the U.S. Supreme Court rulings, you cannot.”

Fillingane said some argue the state should pass a law and let its constitutionality be decided by the courts, but with several other states already in that process, he thinks taxpayer dollars could be better spent elsewhere.