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Louisiana will hold sales tax holiday for hurricane preparedness

Posted On Tue, May 18, 2010

Louisiana will be holding a hurricane preparedness sales tax holiday for homeowners on Saturday, May 29 and Sunday, May 30, according to the state's Department of Revenue.

This two-day holiday allows tax-free purchases on the first $1,500 of hurricane preparedness items. A list of eligible items is available on the department's website. Some of them include a portable self-powered light source, flexible waterproof sheeting, any gas or diesel fuel tank, and any portable generator that provides light, communications, or preserves food. Storm shutters are permanently excluded from taxes.

There are certain conditions for tax exemption. It does not include purchases made at hotels, airports, entertainment complexes, or convenience stores. However, residents may put items on layaway and purchase orders for delivery. Rain checked items - those out of stock - also receive tax-exempt status.

Hurricane season officially begins on June 1. Louisiana was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, one of the deadliest hurricanes in the history of the U.S. Homeowners should check their insurance policies for natural disaster coverage.ADNFCR-2297-ID-19785335-ADNFCR

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