Note: Louisiana's 2013 tax free shopping dates have not been released yet. However, based on last year's dates (shown below), it is likely that Louisiana's main tax free holiday will occur between August 2-4, 2013. This page will be updated once those dates are officially confirmed on Louisiana's web site.
The state of Louisiana is hosting two tax free weekend events during 2012. One applies only to hurricane preparedness, and the other applies to general merchandise. You can help your family save money this year by planning your back-to-school shopping, along with the purchase of any hurricane supplies you need, around these key dates.
Louisiana's Tax Free Weekend Dates:
Louisiana's 2012 Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday is scheduled for May 26-27, 2012, and applies to the following items:
- Battery-operated, weather, and crank radios
- Batteries (AAA, AA, C, D, 6-volt, or 9-volt)
- Cell phone batteries and chargers
- and more
Louisiana's Sales Tax Holiday for general merchandise is scheduled for August 3-4, 2012. The tax-free savings applies to the following items:
- Purchases under $2,500
- Excludes the purchase of taxable services, automobiles, and meals
Smart Shopping Tips for Louisiana's Tax Free Weekend:
Using good common sense will help you save even more more during tax free weekend. Try shopping around at different stores to compare prices and looking for coupons that you can apply to your purchases. Both of these tasks can be accomplished online without even leaving home. Just go to the web sites of the stores where you most frequently shop.
However, be careful not to overspend just because the tax free weekend is going on in your area. The regular sales tax rate in Louisiana is only 4%, so that's how much money you'd be saving - along with your local sales tax, if applicable. By shopping around, and also using coupons, you might find that the items you're looking for are less expensive either before the tax free weekend or after it takes place.
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