State sales tax holiday set for this weekend
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's annual Sales Tax Holiday is set for this weekend, Aug. 2 and 3.
Most retail items are exempt from the state's four-cent sales tax, which is intended to give shoppers a break on back-to-school items.
The exemption does not apply to:
• Vehicles subject to license and title;
• Meals prepared for consumption on premises or to-go; and
• Taxable services such as hotel occupancy, laundry services, printing services, telecommunication services, the furnishing of cold storage space, leases or rentals of tangible personal property, repairs to tangible personal property, and admission to athletic, amusement, or recreational facilities or events
The state Department of Revenue reminds shoppers to retain receipts for back-to-school items such as supplies, uniforms and educational equipment required by schools. These purchases may also be eligible for tax deductions on 2013 Louisiana Individual Income Tax Returns due May 15, 2014.
The deductions apply to public, private, parochial and home schools. To claim the deductions, you must be able to claim the student as a dependent on your state individual income tax return, and you must be able to provide documentation for the expenses.
For more information about the 2013 Louisiana Annual Sales Tax Holiday, visit the Department of Revenue's website.
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