Louisiana sales tax holiday brings bargains for consumers

By Crystal Price - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The annual Louisiana sales tax holiday kicked off at 12:01 a.m. Friday, August 7th.

"We decided to get in the car and head down here early this morning, and we're going to be shopping all day," says Jan Benson.

The sales tax exemption only applies to the four percent state sales tax.

It goes to the first 25-hundred dollars of the purchase price of most individual items of tangible personal property for non-business use.

The exemption does not apply to sales taxes collected by parishes, towns, school boards, and other local taxing authorities.

But back to school shoppers are still excited about the tax free holiday.

Before Lena Benson leaves for Texas Christian College next week, she's getting some much needed school clothing without having to pay as much.

"I'll hopefully get some shoes and some boots, anything I can get my parents to buy," says Lena Benson.

Jan Benson, Lena's mother, says there's no better time to get the best bargains.

"When you have several children like we do, you try to save at any point, so everyone I've talked to has said, you better go buy your kids school clothes this weekend, this is a great time to do it," says Jan Benson.

The sales tax holiday runs through Saturday evening at midnight.

By law, the holiday takes place each year on the first consecutive Friday and Saturday in August.

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