by Kevin Allman
For the fourth year in a row, the state of Louisiana is waiving sales tax on storm supplies if you buy them the week before hurricane season.
Louisiana Revised Statute 47:305.58 provides for an annual state sales tax holiday on sales of hurricane-preparedness items or supplies made on the last Saturday and Sunday of each May. You'll still pay any parish or municipality tax, but the four percent sales tax collected by the state will be waived.
Get more info here, and go under the cut for a list of what's eligible and what's not.
The sales tax exemption applies to the first $1,500 of the purchase price of each of the following items:
• 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 ineligible)
• 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” (and similar re-usable cooling products)