- Associated Press - Monday, May 12, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Purchases of flashlights, batteries, portable generators and other emergency supplies are free from Louisiana’s 4 percent state sales tax May 24-25, state revenue officials said.

The Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday gives residents a chance to prepare for storm season, which begins June 1.

The sales tax holiday applies to the first $1,500 of the purchase price of each item, according to Revenue Secretary Tim Barfield.

Eligible items include:

- 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 not eligible.

- Cellular phone batteries and chargers.

- Non-electric food storage coolers.

- Portable generators.

- Storm shutter devices specifically designed to prevent window damage from storms.

- Carbon monoxide detectors.

Local taxes apply unless specifically exempted by local taxing authorities.

More details on items eligible under the tax holiday program are available online at www.revenue.louisiana.gov/hurricaneprep.



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