Tax holiday set for today, Sunday in La.

Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 29, 2010

BATON ROUGE (AP) — The 2010 Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday takes place Saturday and Sunday.

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.

Other state-tax exempt items include gas or diesel tanks, cell phone batteries and chargers, storm shutters and carbon monoxide detectors.

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The tax holiday exempts the 4 percent state sales tax on the first $1,500 on the items’ cost. Local sales taxes still apply unless local governments specifically exempt them.

Hurricane season starts Tuesday.