Lafayette

May 20, 2013 10:21 AM by AP/CS

Time to stock up on hurricane items

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Shoppers can prepare for the hurricane season while saving some pennies during the Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday.

The 2013 sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. May 25 and ends at 11:59 p.m. May 26.

Louisiana law spares those shopping for hurricane-related purchases from paying the state's 4 percent sales tax on the first $1,500 in purchases of such items as portable generators, storm shutter devices and smaller items, such as portable light sources, cellular phone batteries and food storage coolers.

Byron Henderson, spokesman for the Louisiana Department of Revenue, tells The Advertiser the sales tax holiday was created by the legislature in 2007, to encourage Louisianians to prepare for hurricane season, which starts June 1. The savings period always falls the weekend before hurricane season arrives.

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