Louisiana to Have Sales Tax Holiday for Hurricane-Preparedness

Monday, April 16th, 2012

 
 
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The Louisiana Department of Revenue has issued a bulletin reminding taxpayers of the upcoming sales tax holiday for hurricane-preparedness items. La. Revenue Info. Bull. No. 12-019 (Dept. of Revenue Apr. 13, 2012). During this annual sales tax holiday, people can purchase items related disaster preparedness without paying the state's 4% sales tax.

The sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, May 26, 2012 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 27, 2012. The sales tax holiday only applies to the state sales tax; all local sales tax will still apply to qualifying purchases.

The sales tax holiday applies to the first $1,500 of the sales price of the following hurricane-preparedness items: portable self-powered light source; portable self-powered radio, two way radio, or weather band radio; tarpaulin or other flexible waterproof sheeting; any ground anchor system or tie-down kit; any gas or diesel fuel tank; any package of AAA-cell, AA-cell, C-cell, D-cell, 6-volt, or 9-volt batteries, excluding automobile and boat batteries; any cell phone battery and any cell phone charger; any nonelectric food storage cooler; any portable generator used to provide light or communications or preserve food in the event of a power outage; any "storm shutter device"; any carbon monoxide detector; and any blue ice product. The sales tax holiday does not apply to hurricane-preparedness items purchased at any airport, public lodging establishment or hotel, convenience store, or entertainment complex.


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