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Louisiana Tax Holiday Covers Emergency Supplies

The May 30-31 Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday includes portable generators and storm shutter devices. The state's 4 percent sales tax won't be charged on the first $1,500 of the sale price of qualifying items.

The state of Louisiana is reminding residents that 2009's hurricane season will begin next Monday, and now is the time to prepare. Part of the reminder is a May 30-31 2009 Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday with numerous emergency products available without the 4 percent sales tax being charged for the first $1,500 of the sales price for each item.

On the list are:

  • 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 or tie-down kits
  • Gas or diesel fuel tanks
  • Batteries: AAA, AA, C, D, 6-volt, or 9-volt (automobile batteries and boat batteries are not eligible)
  • 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 products

The tax holiday does not extend to hurricane preparedness items or supplies purchased at any airport, public lodging establishment or hotel, convenience store, or entertainment complexes.

For more information, visit the Louisiana Department of Revenue's Web site.

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