St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Hurricane Preparedness Supplies Exempt from State Sales Tax This Weekend

Hurricane Preparedness Supplies Exempt from State Sales Tax This Weekend

Friday, May 23, 2014

The 2014 Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday will be held this Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25. The holiday provides St. John residents an opportunity to prepare for the 2014 Hurricane Season which begins June 1. Approved items such as flashlights, batteries, portable generators and other emergency supplies are excused from the 4 percent state sales tax for the first $1,500.00 of the purchase price.

Meteorologists predict a near-normal or below-normal season with eight to thirteen named storms, three to six hurricanes and one to two major hurricanes. “There is no substitute for early preparation,” Secretary of Revenue Tim Barfield said. “This sales tax holiday is the best opportunity to stock up early on the items that can keep your family safe and comfortable during and after a storm.”

Eligible purchases 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 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 exemption applies only to the 4 percent Louisiana state sales tax. “Although NOAA predicts the 2014 storm season to be near-normal or below-normal, residents should begin making preparations for storm season,” said Jobe Boucvalt, Public Safety Director.

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