It's time for the joy that is Louisiana's annual sales tax holiday

Lester Mason
August 4, 2017

The Florida Retail Federation expects Sunshine State stores to make a bundle during the back-to-school sales tax holiday in August.

Among the biggest sellers on the tax-free weekend are the staples of school supplies: laptops, backpacks, clothing, and even dorm room supplies, such as furniture and sheets.

Each item sold is exempt from sales tax, not just the cost of an entire bill.

For a full list of items that are tax exempt, check here. IN and Kentucky do not have tax-free weekends.

This year, the sales tax holiday is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 11-13.

With the welcoming of August comes the highly anticipated annual tax-free weekend.

"This year, the commonwealth experienced unpredicted revenue shortfalls", DeLeo said in a statement. "Reducing the state sales tax will help small business remain competitive, while also putting money back in the pockets of those who need it most including seniors on fixed incomes and working class families".

Lawmakers adjourned for the summer without voting on the sales tax holiday, and are now only meeting in informal sessions.

Qualifying Energy Starâ„¢ or WaterSenseâ„¢ products purchased for noncommercial home or personal use - $2,500 or less per item.

This year, computer and computer accessories priced at less than $750 have returned to the list after a brief hiatus in 2016. The Department of Revenue estimates the state would lose out on $28.2 million in revenue this year.

Retailers are required to participate and may not charge sales tax on approved items this weekend.

There are many other items the tax-free weekend covers, including diapers, baby clothes, hunting vests, pajamas, and swimsuits.

The Tax Foundation also questioned the expense of having to recalibrate store computers for the discount periods and called the holidays "a gimmick that distracts policymakers and taxpayers from real, permanent, and economically beneficial tax reform".

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