The Mississippi (MS) state sales tax rate is currently 7%, ranking 2nd-highest in the U.S. Depending on local municipalities, the total tax rate can be as high as 8%. The average local rate is 0.07%. The average combined tax rate is 7.05%, ranking 21st in the US.
The Mississippi state tax rate varies depending of the type of purchase: auto - 5%, farm & manufacturing machinary - 1.5%, general goods - 7%.
Local taxes do not apply to inter-state transactions.
Use tax applies to personal property acquired for use, storage, or consumption within Mississippi for which sales or use tax has not been paid to another state at a rate equal to the applicable Mississippi rate.
In Mississippi, prescription medicines and drugs are exempt from sales tax. But food is generally taxable, with the exception that food and drinks sold through vending machines serviced by full line vendors are considered to be exempt.