Louisiana's sales tax holiday weekend starts today

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Today and tomorrow Louisiana consumers will not have to pay state sales taxes on most purchases as a sales tax holiday will be in effect. Louisiana Department of Revenue spokesperson Byron Henderson says the legislation passed in the last special session exempts the first 25-hundred dollars of most purchases from Louisiana’s 4.45% state sales tax.

“It applies to in-store purchases as well as transactions that were completed online or on the telephone.”

But the holiday does not cover vehicle purchases or meals.

“So you can’t go into a restaurant and purchase a meal and expect to not pay the state sales tax.”

The Legislative Fiscal Office estimates a four-point-five million dollar revenue loss as a result of the two-day sales tax holiday. It’s the first sales tax holiday in Louisiana in two years as they were suspended to help the state get out of a budget hole. But Henderson says legislators brought it back because it’s been a trying year.

“To provide relief for Louisiana folks who are recovering from hurricane’s Laura and Delta and the Covid-19 public health emergency.”