Educator Tax Relief
Urge Congress to Extend and Make Permanent the Educator Tax Deduction
In 2002, Congress passed legislation giving educators a $250 federal tax deduction for out-of-pocket expenses for instructional materials and classroom supplies. The deduction, which had been extended several times, expired at the end of 2013. In the House, Rep. David Reichert (R-WA) has introduced the Teacher Tax Relief Act of 2014 (H.R. 5504) which would extend and make permanent the educator tax deduction for qualified expenses and professional development, as well as include an inflationary adjustment to the deduction amount, for eligible educators.
The $250 a year educator tax deduction helps recognize the financial sacrifices made by educators who often reach into their own pockets to purchase classroom supplies such as books, pencils, paper, and art supplies for their students. For example, during the 2012-2013 school year, public school teachers spent approximately $1.6 billion of their own money on classroom supplies, according to the National School Supply and Equipment Association (NSSEA). A study by the NSSEA, an organization that represents retailers of classroom supplies, also found that 99.5 percent of all public school teachers spent some amount of out of pocket money for supplies for their students and classrooms.
By including an inflationary adjustment to the educator tax deduction and making it permanent, this legislation will make a real difference for many educators, who often must sacrifice other personal needs to pay for classroom supplies.
Take Action Today: Urge Congress to Extend and Make Permanent the Educator Tax Deduction
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