Monday, September 26, 2011

Tax break for breastfeeders

Posted By on Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 12:02 PM

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There are many benefits to breastfeeding: mother’s milk is the most healthful for the baby, there’s no mixing or heating (the breast is like a thermos for the baby), it’s always ready when you need it, it’s much cheaper than formula and — starting Oct. 1, women can save 4 percent on all their breastfeeding supplies.

The 2011 Louisiana Legislature passed Act 331, which exempts “breastfeeding items” from the state sales tax, which is 4 percent. The legislation does not exempt those items from local taxes. Breastfeeding items identified in the bill include nursing bras, containers for storing expressed milk, breast pumps, pump accessories and replacement parts. The bill does not exempt nursing pads, nursing pillows or bottles. See the complete list of eligible supplies at the Louisiana Department of Revenue website: www.revenue.louisiana.gov/breastfeeding.

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