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May 7, 2012 7:16 AM by AP

Hurricane sales tax holiday set for May 26-27

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Stocking up on flashlights, batteries and other items to get ready for hurricane season this summer? You might want to wait until May 26 and 27, when the state holds a sales tax holiday for hurricane preparedness items.

That weekend, Louisiana residents won't have to pay the 4 percent state sales tax on a list of items like flashlights and candles, weather radios, waterproof sheeting, gas or diesel fuel tanks, batteries and chargers and storm shutter devices. The sales tax holiday exempts the first $1,500 of the purchase price.

Local sales taxes still apply unless the municipality exempted them.

Hurricane season begins June 1.

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