Educator Tax Relief
Urge Congress to Increase the Educator Tax Deduction
In 2002, Congress passed legislation giving teachers and paraprofessionals 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. Sam Graves (R-MO) has introduced the Teacher Tax Deduction Enhancement Act (H.R. 3490) which would raise the deduction to $500 for full-time public educators, extend the deduction period to 2020, and provide a $250 deduction for educators in public preschool programs. A similar type bill in the Senate, the Tax Credit for Early Educators Act of 2013 (S. 438) introduced by Senator Mark Begich (D-AK), focuses on early childhood educators providing a $3,000 tax credit.
Educators often reach into their own pockets to purchase classroom supplies because they want to make sure students have what they need to succeed. Studies show that teachers are spending more of their own funds each year to supply their classrooms and purchase essential items such as pencils, glue, scissors, and facial tissues. Many are finding the need to reach into their own pocket has increased in these difficult economic times, as funding cuts lead to shortages in essential supplies and more students come to school without basic learning tools. Many educators must sacrifice other personal needs in order to pay for classroom supplies and instructional materials.
Take Action Today: Urge Congress to Increase the Educator Tax Deduction
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