No Tax on Storm Items This Weekend
For the second week in a row, we're starting off with a yellow 'X' on the National Weather Service's Atlantic Tropical Map. While last weeks threat was aimed at Florida and the East Coast, there's an outside chance we'll get some mid to northern Gulf Coast rain storms later in the week into the weekend from today's yellow X. See the NWS Tropical Weather Outlook here.
But the news isn't all bad, especially when the State of Louisiana has declared May 26-27 sales tax-free days for certain hurricane or storm-related items. You can read the Bulletin here but the gist of it is you'll pay no sales tax on the first $1500 you spend on storm survival items. It's a good time to get that generator you've been dreaming of and at least save on the sales tax. This doesn't mean you must spend $1500, you can spend less or more, but $1500 will be exempt from sales tax.
The state thought it'd be a great idea to offer a sales tax-free weekend to help us prepare for the upcoming Hurricane Season that begins officially on June 1st, but a look at the Hurricane Center site the past two weeks tell's us it's good to be prepared at any time.