BATON ROUGE — Louisiana consumers get a bit of a tax break this weekend during the state’s annual sales tax holiday.

Parents shopping for back-to-school supplies, someone searching for that new TV or a homeowner needing to replace a broken refrigerator all could shop for those items on Friday and Saturday with a lessened state sales tax.

Most retail purchases during those two days will be charged 3 percent state sales tax, rather than the full 5 percent tax. One caveat: the exemption applies to the first $2,500 of the purchase price of eligible items.

The sales tax holiday doesn’t apply to new


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