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Get ready for storm season with sales tax holiday

1 year ago May 01, 2014 May 1, 2014 Thursday, May 01 2014 Thursday, May 01, 2014 10:18:03 AM CDT in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Brock Sues

BATON ROUGE - Flashlights, batteries, portable generators and other emergency supplies are free from the 4 percent state sales tax on Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25.

The 2014 Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1 and the sales tax holiday offers an opportunity for Louisiana residents to stock up early on the items needed during and after the storm.

The sales tax holiday exempts each eligible item from the 4 percent state sales tax. It applies to the first $1,500 of the purchase price of each item. Local taxes apply unless specifically exempted by local taxing authorities.

Beyond the basic survival necessities, the sales tax break also extends to include non-consumable goods like tarpaulins, fuel tanks, coolers, and storm shutter devices. Visit the Department of Revenue's website for more information on the items covered.

Be sure to watch WBRZ's hurricane special, "Weathering the Storm," for more hurricane preparedness information on June 1 starting at 6 p.m.

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