Hurricane prep sales tax holiday scrapped for this month
This week marks Hurricane Preparedness Week and Lafourche Parish Government is encouraging all citizens to prepare for the coming 2016 Atlantic basin hurricane season. But they’ll have to do without the extra benefit of the annual sales tax holiday.
Louisiana's revenue department is trying to get out the word that the state won't be holding a sales tax holiday for hurricane preparedness supplies.
The holiday normally takes place on the last Saturday and Sunday in May, exempting hurricane preparedness items, like batteries and lanterns, from state sales taxes.
Lawmakers temporarily suspended the sales tax break in a recent special session in which they made a lengthy list of changes to tax exemption programs, as a way to drum up money for the state budget.
However, Lafourche Parish Government and emergency management officials still encourage residents to prepare now for the season which begins on June 1.
“Many of our citizens are seasoned veterans when it comes to dealing with hurricanes, however, it’s never a bad thing to refresh what steps you’ll take when it comes to possibly evacuating or sheltering in place for a storm,” Lafourche Parish President Jimmy Cantrelle said. “We’re always encouraging people to get a plan together, plan ahead, so you’ll be ready to act should a storm head our way.”
Lafourche Parish emergency management officials also encourage citizens with special needs or individuals who will require transportation in an evacuation situation to call (985) 537-7603 or (985) 532-8174 to register their names and addresses for assistance and pick up.
Among the websites citizens can visit to assist in storm planning are getagameplan.org, nhc.noaa.gov/prepare and ready.gov/hurricanes.
According to Louisiana’s revenue department, a partial sales tax holiday for hurricane preparedness supplies will resume next year.
Posted on Fri, May 20, 2016
by The Lafourche Gazette