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Louisiana’s Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday Is This Weekend

  • May 29, 2015 | Gail Cole

 These batteries could qualify for the state sales tax exemption during Louisiana's Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday.

The first of three 2015 Louisiana tax-free periods begins at 12:01 a.m. tonight (Saturday, May 30) and concludes May 31 at 11:59 p.m.Retailers should not charge Louisiana state sales tax on qualifying items during the Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday.

The tax exemption applies to the first $1,500 of the sales price of numerous items used to prepare for extreme weather, including but not limited to the following:

  • A-D cell batteries and 6- or 9- volt batteries
  • Carbon monoxide detectors
  • Ground anchor and tie-down kits
  • Portable, self-powered light sources and radios
  • Tarpaulins and other flexible waterproof sheeting

Louisiana Department of Revenue. For example, AAA batteries purchased at airports, hotels or convenience stores are not eligible.

It’s worth emphasizing that this is a state sales tax holiday. Retailers still have to collect local sales tax unless local tax authorities specifically exempt qualifying items.

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Sales tax rates, rules, and regulations change frequently. Although we hope you'll find this information helpful, this blog is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal or tax advice.
Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.