Sales tax holiday set

Staff reports

BATON ROUGE – For two days at the end of the month shoppers will be able to purchase certain emergency supplies free of the state sales tax.

The 2009 Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday will take place Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31 in preparation of the Atlantic hurricane season, which begins June 1.

During the sales tax holiday the four percent state sales tax will not apply to the first $1,500 of the sales price on 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 2009 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 sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on May 30, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on May 31.

For more information, call the Louisiana Department of Revenue Public Affairs Division at 225-219-2156 or 225-219-2158.