Making Cents of the Educator Expense Deduction

Did you know that if you’re an eligible educator, you can deduct up to $300 of unreimbursed business expenses? And if you and your spouse are both teachers and file jointly, that number goes up to $600.  

To be considered an eligible educator you must:  

Work as a teacher, counselor, principal, or aid for students in kindergarten through 12th grade; and 

Work at least 900 hours at a school certified by the state. 

Expenses might include professional development, books, supplies, software, or other equipment that you purchased for use in the classroom, but for which you did not receive any reimbursement. Make sure you keep your receipts and good records of your classroom expenses throughout the year to document your eligibility for this deduction at tax time.  

You can claim the Educator Expense Deduction regardless of whether you take the Standard Deduction or itemize your deductions, and even if you have filed for an extension on your taxes.  

You may also be eligible for other tax credits and deductions for pursuing higher education or job training. Check out the TAS Get Help page on Education Credits for information.  

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