The upcoming Labor Day Weekend has an added bonus this year: Louisiana’s Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday is also slated for Sept. 4-6, so if you’ve been waiting to buy that new gun or to stock up on ammo for the upcoming hunting seasons, you can get it done starting this Friday.
And unlike other sales tax holidays throughout the year that only exempt state sales tax, the annual three-day event every September provides an exemption from both the 4-percent state sales tax as well as all local sales taxes on individual consumer purchases of firearms, archery equipment, ATVs, ammo and eligible hunting supplies.
“It’s basically one of our biggest weekends of the year,” said Kelly Neuville, owner of BuckFins-N-Feathers in Broussard. “It kind of starts off the hunting season, and gets everybody kicked off in the right direction.
“It helps both us as a store, and the sportsmen of Louisiana.”
Lindsey Simmons, a manager at Simmons' Sporting Goods in Bastrop, said the sales tax weekend coinciding with the opening of dove season on Saturday makes things even a little more hectic this year.
"It will be the biggest weekend of the whole year, including the huge sale we have and Black Friday," Simmons said. "We do a lot of advertising, and more and more people have heard about it and know about it, and kind of wait for that weeekend every year.
"They not only get ready for hunting season, but they do a lot of Christmas shopping as well."
Savings will vary across the state because local taxing authorities have different percentages of taxes.
According to the Louisiana Department of Revenue’s Web site, hunting products eligible for the sales tax exemption include firearms, ammunition, archery supplies, camo clothing, ATVs, scopes, decoys, knives, tree stands and more.
For a detailed list of eligible purchases, click here.
The Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday was created by the Louisiana Legislature in 2009, and always occurs on the first consecutive Friday through Sunday in September.