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Questions to the U.S. Dept. of Education's Secretary Spellings

 

Questions to the U.S. Dept. of Education's Secretary Spellings
A: Secretary Spellings
 
Angelina, thanks for your question and for your dedication to your students. It is often the case that many teachers and other school personnel have to use their own resources to provide classroom supplies, supplemental materials and other classroom necessities. With this in mind, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) allows teachers, instructors, counselors, principals and school aides who work at least 900 hours during the school year to deduct up to $250 of their non-reimbursed classroom expenses when figuring their federal income tax, even if they do not itemize deductions. Eligible expenses include books; school supplies; computer equipment, software and services; and other equipment and supplemental materials used in the classroom. In his budget for next year, President Bush has proposed making this provision permanent and increasing the maximum deduction to $400. More information on this year's deduction is available on the IRS website at: http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=146231,00.html. Thanks again, for your hard work and dedication to helping kids learn.