La. hurricane sales tax holiday this weekend
LAFAYETTE - Shoppers can prepare for the hurricane season while saving some pennies during the state's Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday.
The 2013 sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. May 25 and ends at 11:59 p.m. May 26.
Louisiana law spares those shopping for hurricane-related purchases from paying the state's 4 percent sales tax on the first $1,500 in purchases of such items as portable generators, storm shutter devices and smaller items, such as portable light sources, cell phone batteries and food storage coolers.
Byron Henderson, spokesman for the Louisiana Department of Revenue, says the sales tax holiday was created by the legislature in 2007, to encourage residents to prepare for hurricane season, which starts June 1.