Hunting gear free from sales tax this weekend
BATON ROUGE - Guns, ammunition and other hunting supplies will be exempt from state and local sales taxes Friday, September 5 through Sunday, September 7.
"If you're ready to go gun shopping," Bryce Moreland said, as he shopped for ammunition. "Now's the time to do it."
This is one of the few tax holidays that excludes both state and local taxes.
Last year, buyers in Louisiana saved almost $850 thousand dollars in state taxes alone.
"It's stuff that you would already be buying," said tax free holiday shopper, Robert Buffington. "But now you get it at a better deal and you can walk out of here saving a lot of money in the long run."
Unlike other tax free holidays, there's no spending limit. Inspiring many hunters, to gear up for the entire season ahead.
"The general consumer benefits," said Scott Roe, owner of Spillway Sportsman. "They spend a lot of time researching their products waiting for this day to happen and for us, it's our big shot in the arm"
The savings start Friday and last through Sunday night.
List of eligible items:
Animal feed that is manufactured and marketed as being for consumption primarily by game, which can be legally hunted. This does not include food for animals kept as pets;
Apparel such as safety gear, camouflage clothing, jackets, hats, gloves, mittens, face masks and thermal underwear manufactured and marketed as being primarily for wear or use while hunting;
Archery items used for hunting such as bows, crossbows, arrows, quivers and shafts;
Bags to carry game or hunting gear;
Belts that are manufactured and marketed as being primarily for use in hunting;
Binoculars only if purchased to be used for hunting;
Chairs to be used for hunting. This excludes purchases by an individual of chairs or other furniture for household, business or other recreational use;
Firearm, archery, and other accessories designed for hunting;
Float tubes only if purchased to be used for hunting;
Hearing protection gear and enhancements;
Hunting shoes or boots designed and used for hunting;
Knives that are manufactured and marketed as being primarily for use in hunting. This excludes the purchase of knives by an individual to be used for household, business or other recreational use;
Miscellaneous gear that is manufactured and marketed as being primarily for use in hunting. This includes other hunting-related gear or supplies not previously listed. This excludes the purchase of toy guns and vessels or off road vehicles utilized as children's toys;
Off-road vehicles such as all-terrain vehicles designed and intended primarily for hunting. The exemption does not apply to golf carts, go-carts, dirt bikes, mini-bikes, motorcycles, tractors, motor vehicles which may be legally driven on the streets and highways of Louisiana, or heavy equipment such as cranes, forklifts, backhoes and bulldozers;
Optical equipment such as rifle scopes and impact resistant glasses for shooting;
Tools that are manufactured and marketed as being primarily for use in hunting;
Tree stands; and
Vessels such as airboats and pirogues designed and intended for hunting.
Exclusions: Consumer purchases do not include the purchase of animals, such as dogs. Hunting supplies do not include the purchase of toy guns and vessels or off road vehicles utilized as children's toys. Firearms other than those listed are not eligible for the exemption. Purchases made by a business or for business purposes are not eligible for the sales tax exemption.