POSTED: Saturday, May 26, 2012 - 10:30am
UPDATED: Saturday, May 26, 2012 - 10:34am
Byron Henderson with the La. Dept of Revenue came on BR Lagniappe to speak about about the Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday .
Henderson said that this weekend, May 26 and May 27, Louisiana residents can stock up on flashlights, generators, and other storm-related items free of the 4 percent state sales tax .
The 2012 Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday exempts the first $1500.00 of the purchase price of such itmes as flashlights, lanterns, and candles, portable radios, two-way radios, and weather-band radios, tarps and other flexible waterproof sheeting, ground anchor systems, straps or tie-down kits, fuel tanks, batteries such as AA, C, D, or 9-volt. (Auto and boat batteries are ineligible), cell phone batteries and chargers, non-electric food storage coolers, portable generators, shutter devices made solely for preventing window damage, carbon monoxide detectors, and "blue ice" ( and similiar re-usable cooling products).
The state sales tax holiday does not apply to purchases at airports, public lodging establishments, hotels, convenience stores, or entertainment complexes.
Visit www.revenue.louisiana.gov/hurricaneprep  for a full explanation of sales tax holiday provisions and a list of eligible items.