The official start of hurricane season is a week from Friday on June 1st. Mother Nature already has an area of disturbed tropical weather spinning up just south of the Gulf of Mexico that we need to keep an eye on. So it only seems natural that we should get save a little bit of money on the things we need to prepare for hurricane season this weekend.

The Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday will begin on Saturday, May 26th and end on Sunday, May 27th. During these two days, state residents will pay only 3% tax instead of the usual 5% tax. The discount applies on the first $1500 spent on eligible items.

Those items include:

  • Any portable self-powered light source, including candles, flashlights and other articles of property designed to provide light;
  • Any portable self-powered radio, two-way radio, or weather band radio;
  • Any tarpaulin or other flexible waterproof sheeting;
  • Any ground anchor system or tie-down kit;
  • Any gas or diesel fuel tank;
  • Any package of AAA-cell, AA-cell, C-cell, D-cell, 6 volt, or 9-volt batteries, excluding automobile and boat batteries;
  • Any cell phone battery and any cell phone charger;
  • Any nonelectric food storage cooler;
  • Any portable generator used to provide light or communications or preserve food in the event of a power outage;
  • Any storm shutter device;
  • Any carbon monoxide detector; and
  • Any "blue ice" product.

That table is courtesy of the Louisiana Department of Revenue website where you can also find specific answers to your specific questions about the sales tax holiday.