August 7, 2018


Sales Tax Holiday For School Supplies And Other Essentials


AUSTIN - As the next school year approaches, Representative Ryan Guillen (D- Rural South Texas) encourages South Texans to take advantage of the upcoming sales tax holiday to save on school supplies. The holiday is from August 10th through the 12th.

"This weekend is a wonderful opportunity for families with education related expenses. I hope more Texans will take advantage of this cost-saving event," said Guillen. "As a father of two school-age daughters, I know I will."


Since 1999, Texas' tax holiday weekend has helped families preparing for the school year save on state and local sales taxes. This sales tax holiday applies to school related supplies below $100 such as school supplies, footwear, clothing and backpacks. These items can be purchased from a store in Texas or from an online or catalog seller doing business in Texas.


Representative Guillen encourages all to take advantage of this tax holiday, as he is a longtime supporter of helping Texans financially through cutting taxes. Guillen supported the homestead tax exemption increase from $15,000 to $25,000 which allows home owners to lower the value of their home for tax purposes. In 2015, Guillen was an author of a bill that reduced the franchise tax by 25%. Since then, over 6,000 new businesses have opened in District 31, the unemployment rate has dropped from 9% to 6%, and average yearly wages have increased.


"Reducing the tax burden for families, especially those in South Texas, is imperative," said Guillen. "We do our best to provide as much relief as possible, and we will continue working to provide tax relief to families in any way we can."


Visit the Comptroller's website to find lists of school supplies that may be purchased tax-free.

Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at,, and