Although Louisiana’s Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday was suspended in 2018 due to budget concerns, many parishes continue to offer local sales tax exemptions on purchases of hunting equipment, firearms and ammunition over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3-5.
All purchases are still subject to Louisiana’s 4.45% sales tax; however, with combined state and local sales tax rates as high as 10% in some areas, the potential for savings is substantial.
In previous years, some retailers have offered special deals during the sales tax holiday that reduced the out-of-pocket costs of eligible items to offset state sales tax.
Originally, Louisiana’s sales tax holiday applied to retail purchases of firearms, ammunition and hunting supplies. All firearms legally sold or purchased in the state were eligible for the exemption, including shotguns, rifles and handguns — as well as the food they eat. Tax-exempt hunting supplies included game feeds, optics, archery equipment, hunting apparel and safety gear, game bags and gun cases, deer stands and hunting blinds. Some off-road vehicles were also exempt, as were some vessels, including airboats and pirogues, intended for hunting purposes.
Contact your parish’s Sales and Use Tax Division office for information about any Second Amendment tax holiday exemptions that may exist in your area.
Check with local hunting and shooting sports retailers to see if they are offering any holiday deals this year.
Mississippi’s Second Amendment Tax Holiday may be an option
If you don’t mind the drive, Mississippi’s Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday kicks off on Friday, Aug. 27, and will continue until midnight on Sunday, Aug. 29.
Mississippi’s Legislature created a tax holiday similar to Louisiana’s in 2014. During the holiday, the state’s 7% sales tax will not be collected on the sale of firearms, ammunition or certain hunting supplies.
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