Hurricane preparedness sales tax begins next weekend
BATON ROUGE - The annual hurricane preparedness sales tax holiday is right around the corner in Louisiana.
On May 30 and 31 people can buy things like flashlights and portable generators without having to pay the 4 percent state sales tax.
The exemption only applies to the first $1,500 of the price of each item. Local taxes still apply during the holiday.
The following items are eligible for this tax exemption:
• 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 (Materials 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)