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Airwave clarifies 'tax-exempt' claim

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Following the dispute, Hargrove contacted MSNewsNow to clarify a point he made at Monday's Hinds County Board of Supervisors meeting. Following the dispute, Hargrove contacted MSNewsNow to clarify a point he made at Monday's Hinds County Board of Supervisors meeting.
HINDS COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The $157,668 dollar tax bill that Airwave owed has been satisfied. But now another question has surfaced -- is the Jackson-based company exempt from state taxes?

On March 1, supervisors received notice from the State Department of Revenue, ordering the county to pay up on Airwave's $157,668 tax debt.

According to Hinds County Supervisor Phil Fisher, Nathan Hargrove, Airwave's General Manager, told the board Monday that the company never owed the money because they have a tax-exempt certificate, and they don't have to pay taxes on the work they do for the county.

Hargrove was asked to explain the issue at the Board meeting. Supervisor Fisher understood Hargrove to say that Airwave was tax-exempt.

But Kathy Waterbury, spokesperson for the Mississippi Department of Revenue, explains the company is not tax exempt. She confirms that the debt is satisfied, however. Supervisors have again approved payment to Airwave by a vote of 3 to 2. 

Following the dispute, Hargrove contacted MSNewsNow to clarify a point he made at Monday's Hinds County Board of Supervisors meeting. Hargrove says Hinds County is tax-exempt, and Airwave is in possession of the tax-exempt certificate.

"Our contention was then, and still is now, that...we cannot levy a sales tax on any work we perform for Hinds County because Hinds County is exempt from sales tax by state law," Hargrove states via email.

Hargrove goes on to say that the position he outlined for supervisors is supported by the State Department of Revenue.

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