Plan back-to-school shopping for August 11-13, when the state is once again waiving sales tax on clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks.
The exemption covers $2,500 of the price on each eligible item.
Shoppers are encouraged to save their receipts for items such as supplies, uniforms and school equipment - like dorm room furnishings - because they may qualify for tax deductions on next year's state individual income tax returns.
The sales tax holiday does not apply to vehicle purchases, restaurant orders, hotel occupancy, leases or rentals of tangiple personal property, fix work, or admission to athletic, entertainment or recreational functions.
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If you can, try to make your purchases at one of the Southwest Louisiana's many locally owned businesses. Additionally, if an item is back ordered and payment does not occur until a later shipment, the item would not qualify for the exemption.
You can't get everything free of tax, though.
An item of school instructional material priced at $20 or less. It's the best time to score some items without the added sales tax.