Louisiana State Retail Sales Tax Discount Friday, Saturday

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Shoppers get a discount on Louisiana's state retail sales tax on many purchases this weekend.

         People will pay 3 percent state sales tax instead of 5 percent Friday and Saturday on most items, including back-to-school supplies, electronics and appliances.

         The exemption covers $2,500 of the price on each eligible item.

         For instance, state Department of Revenue spokesman Byron Henderson says someone buying a $2,500 flat-screen TV and a $2,500 refrigerator would pay 3 percent tax on each item, rather than 5 percent. That would work out $100 total savings.

         If something cost $2,800, the full 5 percent tax would be charged on $300 of the cost.

         The exemption doesn't apply to vehicles that must be titled and licensed, or to restaurants or taxable services such as laundry or hotel rooms.


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