Parents will be relieved to know that school supplies, clothes and most other items are eligible for savings this weekend and exempt from state sales tax.
Families getting ready to send their children back to school can save money during the 2015 Louisiana annual Sales Tax Holiday on Friday and Saturday. During these two days, most retail purchases are exempt from the 4 percent state sales tax.
The holiday exempts the first $2,500 of the purchase price of each eligible item when the customer buys and accepts delivery of eligible property; places property on layaway; acquires property that was previously placed on layaway; or places an order for immediate delivery, even if the delivery must be delayed, provided the customer has not requested delayed delivery.
Also, the sales tax holiday applies only to the 4 percent state sales tax. Local sales taxes apply to purchases unless the local taxing authority creates its own exemption.
The sales tax holiday does not apply to vehicles subject to title and license; meals prepared for consumption on premises or to go; and taxable services such as hotel occupancy, laundry services, printing services, telecommunication services, the furnishing of cold-storage space, leases or rentals of tangible personal property, repairs to tangible personal property, and admission to athletic, amusement or recreational facilities or events.
For a full explanation of conditions, visit www.revenue.louisiana.gov/taxholiday.
The Louisiana Department of Revenue reminds shoppers to keep receipts for back-to-school items such as supplies, uniforms and equipment required by schools. These purchases may qualify for deductions on state income tax returns due May 15. The deductions apply to educational expenses for public, private, parochial and home schools.
To claim the deductions, you must be able to claim the student as a dependent on your state individual income tax return and must be able to provide documentation for the expenses.
For information, visit www.revenue.louisiana.gov/schooldeduction.
Night at the Museum planned as membership drive
The West Feliciana Historical Society is hosting a fundraiser and membership drive beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, with cocktails and a buffet at its museum, 11757 Ferdinand St., St. Francisville.
Admission is $50 per person in advance and $60 at the door, but attendees are encouraged to RSVP before Aug. 8 by calling (225) 635-6330.
Attire is casual, and special entertainment will feature costumed characters from recently expanded museum exhibits that will bring history to life through short presentations spanning several centuries.
“With West Feliciana Parish history so chock-full of characters, the presentations are sure to be amusing,” said Katie Munson Smith, of the Historical Society.
Weekend events planned at Audubon State Historic Site
At Audubon State Historic Site in St. Francisville, “Hard Times Come Again No More” will be presented from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Visitors will discover the lives of the people who lived in the big house at Oakley Plantation and the choices they faced during the Civil War.
Following the presentation, sample ersatz tea and coffee, or substitute goods, such as folks would have drank during the Union blockades, which prevented goods from reaching Southern homes during the Civil War.
From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Audubon presents Laundry Day. Visit the circa-1804 kitchen of Oakley House, learning how laundry was done 200 years ago.
For information about both events or Audubon Historic Site, call (225) 635-3739.
Open houses scheduled for students, parents
West Feliciana Middle School seventh-graders and their parents are invited to an open house from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, while eighth-graders are welcome at the same time on Tuesday.
Also, Bains Elementary students in second through fifth grades and parents are invited to an open house at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Bains Lower Elementary prekindergarten, kindergarten and first-grade students and their parents are encouraged to attend their respective open house at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
Send news and events for Around West Feliciana to Stacy Gill at email@example.com by 3 p.m. Fridays or call (225) 993-0066.