Sales tax holiday for hurricane supplies May 29-30

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Hurricane season is fast approaching and the state wants to help residents prepare.

On May 29 and 30, Louisianians can get a tax break when buying emergency supplies, including self-powered light sources like flashlights and candles; portable self-powered radios; two-way radios and weather-band radios; tarpaulins or other flexible waterproof sheeting; ground anchor systems or tie-down kits; gas or diesel fuel tanks; cellular phone batteries and chargers; portable generators and carbon monoxide detectors.

The tax holiday exempts the 4% state sales tax on the first $1,500 on the items' cost. Local sales taxes still apply.

Hurricane season starts June 1.

For more information, go to the 2010 Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday page at

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