Get ready for storm season with the 2013 Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana residents can save money on flashlights, batteries, generators and other emergency supplies during the 2013 Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday on Saturday, May 25, and Sunday, May 26.

The 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season begins on June 1. Meteorologists predict an active season with 18 named storms, nine hurricanes and four major hurricanes.[i]

“We encourage everyone to get prepared now,” Louisiana Department of Revenue Executive Counsel Tim Barfield said.  “This is a chance to save money while helping to keep your family safe and comfortable during and after a hurricane. Don’t wait until there’s a storm coming, or until one has struck.”

The sales tax holiday exempts eligible items from the 4 percent state sales tax. The exemption applies to the first $1,500 of the purchase price of each item.

Eligible purchases include:

  • 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)

The exemption applies only to the 4 percent Louisiana state sales tax.  Local taxes apply unless specifically exempted by local taxing authorities.

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[i] Tropical Meteorology Project, Colorado State University:


LDR News Release – Protect tax records and financial documents during hurricane season

BATON ROUGE – The time to protect your tax records and financial documents is now, not when a major storm is already taking aim at the Gulf Coast.  The Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) reminds individual taxpayers and business owners to make preparations sooner, rather than later.

Methods for protecting financial information include:

Paperless Media

Most bank statements and other financial documents are available as electronic records from your financial institution.  Backing these data up by burning them to CDs or saving them to portable memory drives is a cost-effective way to protect your information in the event of a natural disaster.

It is also a good idea to scan important tax records such as W-2s and other pay information, tax returns, and other paper documents into an electronic format.  Many commercially available home printers are available with easy-to-use scanning features.

In addition, some web-based e-mail services, such as Google’s Gmail or Microsoft’s Hotmail, offer online document storage.  Check with your service to see what storage options might be available.

Document Valuables and Business Equipment

Compile a room-by-room list of your belongings or business equipment. This will help you verify the market value of items for insurance and casualty loss claims. Photograph or videotape the contents of your home or business, especially items of high value.

Having a record of your valuables can provide proof for an insurance claim. It will also help you remember what you might be able to claim as a loss on state and federal taxes.

You should store photos or videos on CDs, DVDs, or portable memory drives in a safe location away from the area at risk.

Count on the Louisiana Department of Revenue

In the event of a disaster – and well after – the Louisiana Department of Revenue can provide information on potential tax deductions or credits, business disaster assistance, calculating losses, and other tax-related matters. Check LDR’s website,, for news about disaster-related tax matters. As a top priority after a disaster, LDR will update forms and offer explanations of loss-relief programs.