BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Purchases of flashlights, batteries, portable generators and other emergency supplies are free from Louisiana's 4 percent state sales tax May 24-25, state revenue officials said.
The Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday gives residents a chance to prepare for storm season, which begins June 1.
The sales tax holiday applies to the first $1,500 of the purchase price of each item, according to Revenue Secretary Tim Barfield.
Eligible items 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 not eligible.
— Cellular phone batteries and chargers.
— Non-electric food storage coolers.
— Portable generators.
— Storm shutter devices specifically designed to prevent window damage from storms.
— Carbon monoxide detectors.
Local taxes apply unless specifically exempted by local taxing authorities.
More details on items eligible under the tax holiday program are available online at www.revenue.louisiana.gov/hurricaneprep.