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Louisiana likely to have sales tax holiday Nov. 20-21

By: - October 19, 2020 5:48 pm

Louisiana is close to establishing a new sales tax holiday for Nov. 20-21 of this year — the Friday and Saturday before Thanksgiving. 

If approved, the tax holiday will give patrons a sales tax break on purchases up to $2,500 during those two days.  The tax holiday does not apply to vehicle purchases or restaurant meals. A fiscal analysis shows that the holiday is projected to cost Louisiana $4.5 million in tax revenue.  

House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, sponsored the legislation that creates the tax break to help families suffering during the COVID-19 crisis and after two hurricanes hit the southwestern portion of the state.

The House and the Senate have both passed a version of Schexnayder’s bill, and a compromise is expected within the next week. Gov. John Bel Edwards would also have to approve the tax break.

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Julie O'Donoghue
Julie O'Donoghue

Julie O’Donoghue is a senior reporter for the Louisiana Illuminator and producer of the Louisiana Illuminator podcast. She’s received awards from the Virginia Press Association and Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press. Julie covered state government and politics for | The Times-Picayune for six years. She’s also covered government and politics in Missouri, Virginia and Washington D.C. Julie is a proud D.C. native and Washington Capitals hockey fan. She and her partner, Jed, live in Baton Rouge. She has two stepchildren, Quinn and Steven.