Louisiana hurricane prep sales tax holiday this weekend

Friday, May 25, 2012 - 2:12pm

LOUISIANA — On Saturday and Sunday, Louisiana residents will have a chance to stock up on necessary items to prepare for this hurricane season.

The state's annual Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday this weekend allows residents not to pay the state 4 percent sales tax on specific storm-related merchandise. However, local sales tax does still apply.

"This is the perfect opportunity to begin the preparations that can help to keep your loved ones and property safe, secure and comfortable during hurricane season," Secretary of Revenue Cynthia Bridges said in a news release. "I encourage everyone to get ready now. Don't wait until there's a storm bearing down on us or, worse, after one has already struck."

The sales-tax holiday is held annually before the June 1 start of the Atlantic hurricane season.

State sales tax will not be charged on the first $1,500.00 of the purchase price of each of the following eligible items:

•Self-powered light sources, such as flashlights and candles.
•Portable self-powered radios, two-way radios and weather-band radios.
•Tarpaulins or other flexible waterproof sheeting.
•Ground anchor systems, straps or tie-down kits.
•Gas or diesel fuel tanks.
•Batteries, sizes AAA, AA, C, D, 6-volt, or 9-volt (automobile batteries and boat batteries are ineligible).
•Cellular phone batteries and chargers.
•Non-electric food storage coolers.
•Portable generators.
•Storm shutter devices (material and products manufactured, rated and marketed specifically for the purposes of preventing window damage from storms).
•Carbon monoxide detectors.
•"Blue Ice" and similar re-usable cooling products.

For more information, visit Louisiana Deparment of Revenue's Website, www.revenue.louisiana.gov/hurricaneprep.

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