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Louisiana's annual sles tax holiday on hurricane items begins today

Louisiana's annual sales tax holiday on hurricane items begins Saturday morning

Published: Saturday, May 28, 2011, 6:04 AM
Louisiana's annual sales tax holiday on hurricane preparedness items kicks off Saturday morning. The holiday, now in its fourth year, is held each year on the last Saturday and Sunday of May and is timed to precede the June 1 start of Atlantic hurricane season. Batteries, flashlights, self-powered radios, and portable generators are among the items eligible for the state sales tax break. The tax holiday exempts the first $1,500 of each eligible item from the 4 percent state sales tax, according to Louisiana Department of Revenue spokesman Byron Henderson. Local sales taxes applied by parishes or special taxing districts still apply. Items placed on layaway, ordered for immediate shipment or purchased using a previously obtained "rain check" are covered by the sales tax holiday. But the sales tax holiday does not extend to items purchased at any airport, public lodging establishment or hotel, convenience store, or entertainment complex. The holiday, which was established by the Legislature, is designed to encourage residents to begin preparing for storm season. For more information on the sales tax holiday visit the Louisiana Department of Revenue web site at