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Tax Benefits For Educators

Educators get a tax deduction for qualified expenses related to their profession. These costs include items such as training, travel, and classroom supplies. There are two ways an educator can claim this deduction, the first is on the first page of the Form 1040 where up to $250 can be deducted. The second is claiming the expenses as a miscellaneous deduction on Schedule A if you itemize your deductions.

To be eligible to deduct these expenses, the taxpayer must be a kindergarten through grade 12 teacher, instructor, counselor, principal or aide for at least 900 hours a school year that provides elementary or secondary education as determined under state law (per the IRS).

Please consult your tax advisor on all the above issues.

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