As much as I would love to stick my head in the sand and pretend it doesn’t exist, the Atlantic hurricane season starts on June 1st. The silver lining is the opportunity to stock up on emergency supplies without paying state sales tax. Plan ahead and save a few dollars.
From the office of Senator David Heitmeier:
The 2011 Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday will take place on Saturday, May 28, and Sunday, May 29. On these two days, shoppers can purchase specified emergency supplies free of the four-percent state sales tax in preparation for the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season, which begins on June 1.
During the two-day holiday, tax-free purchases are allowed for the first $1,500 of the sales 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)
The 2011 Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday does not extend to items or supplies purchased at airports, public lodging establishments, hotels, convenience stores, or entertainment complexes.
The Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday is an annual event. The 2011 sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, May 28, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 29.
Here’s hoping for a quiet season…