Times-Picayune: ‘Upcoming sales tax holiday aims to help Louisiana residents prepare for hurricane season’
The Times-Picayune has an informative story about this year’s Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday:
The 2010 Atlantic hurricane season is rapidly approaching, and a sales tax holiday scheduled for later this month is aimed at helping area residents prepare.
For the third year running, the Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday will take place the last weekend in May. This year, the holiday falls on May 29 and 30.
The tax-free weekend is provided for by Louisiana Revised Statue 47:305.58, which was implemented three years ago to help residents better prepare for the June 1 start of hurricane season.
Hurricane supplies including batteries, flashlights, self-powered radios and storm shutter devices can be purchased free of the state’s sales tax on those two days.
“The tax holiday exempts the 4 percent state sales tax on the first $1,500 on (each) items’ cost,” said Byron Henderson, Louisiana Department of Revenue spokesman.