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In a situation that my uncle would call "clear as mud", we have discovered that Bossier Parish will be observing a Second Amendment Tax Free Weekend this weekend; better known as the Hunter's Tax Free Weekend.

So, what's unclear about that? For the uneducated, myself included, I was informed by the Bossier City-Parish Sales and Use Tax Division, that though the State of Louisiana has exempted themselves from the Annual Louisiana 2nd Amendment Sales Tax Holiday through June 30, 2025, they left the option open for local municipalities to continue the tradition or not.

Bossier Parish has elected to hold the weekend and will waive all "local" taxes on qualified purchases this Friday, September 3 through Sunday, September 5.

According to salestaxhandbook.com, the current Louisiana State tax rate is 4.45% and though that will still be collected during the holiday, all local Bossier Parish taxes totaling as much as 5.0%, for qualified purchases, will be waived for the three day sales tax holiday in Bossier Parish.

What Purchases Qualify?

In an information bulletin from bossiercity.org from August 4, 2021, we see the following list of Purchases Eligible For Exemption.

The exemption applies to all consumer purchases of firearms, ammunition and hunting supplies. Firearms eligible for the sales tax exemption include shotguns, rifles, pistols, revolvers or other handguns which may be legally sold or purchased in Louisiana. Ammunition fired from a gun or firearm is eligible for the tax exemption.

Hunting supplies which are used and designed for hunting are eligible for the exemption and include the following:

  • Archery items such as bows, crossbows, arrows, quivers and shafts
  • Off-road vehicles including all-terrain vehicles designed and intended primarily for
    hunting. The exemption does not apply to golf carts, go-carts, dirt bikes, mini-bikes, motorcycles, tractors, motor vehicles which may be legally driven on the streets and highways of Louisiana, or heavy equipment such as cranes, forklifts, backhoes, and bulldozers
  • Vessels such as airboats and pirogues designed and intended for hunting
  • Accessories designed for hunting
  • Animal feed manufactured and marketed for consumption primarily by game which can be legally hunted, including purchases of deer corn. This does not include food for animals kept as pets
  • Apparel including safety gear, camouflage clothing, jackets, hats, gloves, mittens, face masks, and thermal underwear manufactured and marketed as being primarily for wear or use while hunting
  • Hunting shoes or boots designed for hunting
  • Bags to carry game or hunting gear
  • Float tubes if purchased to be used for hunting
  • Binoculars if purchased to be used for hunting
  • Tools manufactured and marketed as being primarily for the use of hunting
  • Firearm and archery cases
  • Firearm and archery accessories
  • Range finders
  • Knives manufactured and marketed as being primarily for the use in hunting. This
    excludes the purchase of knives by an individual for household, business, or other
    recreational uses
  • Decoys
  • Tree stands
  • Blinds
  • Chairs to be used for hunting. This excludes an individual’s purchase of chairs or other furniture for household, business, or other recreational uses
  • Optics such as rifle scopes and impact resistant glasses for shooting
  • Hearing protection gear and enhancements
  • Holsters
  • Belts that are manufactured and marketed as being primarily for the use of hunting
  • Slings
  • Miscellaneous gear manufactured and marketed as being primarily for the use of hunting.
    This includes other hunting-related gear or supplies not previously listed.

To see what purchases are NOT qualified or any other information you might need, just go HERE and see the bulletin from the Bossier City-Parish Sales and Use Tax Division.

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