The Informer: No sales tax holidays for La. again until 2025

Published 11:06 am Sunday, July 31, 2022

When is Louisiana’s tax-free sales weekend for school supplies this year?

There won’t be one.

The state’s sales tax holidays were suspended in 2018 as part of a budget-balancing compromise between Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Republican leadership in the Legislature. The three sales tax holidays — for school supplies, hurricane preparation and gun purchases — were suspended until June 30, 2025, as part of the $0.45 sales tax signed into law that year.

There have been efforts to add those holidays back to the calendar in the years since the suspension went into effect. In 2019, there were multiple bills that aimed to bring back some or all of the holidays, including one that would consolidate the three holidays into one. None of the bills passed.

During a 2020 special session, the Legislature established a one-time sales tax holiday for Nov. 20-21 aimed at aiding residents recovering from Hurricanes Laura and Delta and the COVID-19 pandemic. That one-time holiday exempted the first $2,500 of most in-person, online or over-the-phone purchases from the state’s 4.45 percent sales tax. Local sales taxes still applied, and the exemption did not apply to commercial transactions, rentals, prepared meals, vehicle purchases or taxable services.

If you’re willing to drive over to Texas, though, their sales tax weekend on clothes and school supplies is Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 5-7. Texas state law exempts sales tax on qualified items — such as clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks — priced below $100, saving shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend.

“With inflation driving prices higher on just about everything, this sales tax holiday provides Texas families some small relief managing the costs associated with kids heading back to the classroom,” said Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar. “As the father of three school-aged children myself, I know how these expenses can add up.”

Apparel and school supplies that may be purchased tax-free are listed on the comptroller’s website at TexasTaxHoliday.org.

The Informer is written by Crystal Stevenson, American Press executive editor. To ask a question, call 494-4098 and leave voice mail, or email informer@americanpress.com.