Action Alert: Teacher Tax Deduction Legislation

The Internal Revenue Code of 1986 includes a provision that allows elementary and secondary school teachers the opportunity to take a tax deduction of up to $250 annually on their federal income tax, if they have spent their own out-of-pocket funds to purchase school supplies and/or equipment for their classrooms, if there is no reimbursement of this expenditure, and if the teachers have worked in their schools for up to 900 hours in a one-year period.

This federal tax law provision will expire on December 31, 2009, along with a total of about 40 other federal tax provisions, unless Congress takes legislative action to extend, expand, modify, strengthen or continue the Educator Expense Deduction for another year or longer.

In recent years, Congress has chosen to pass a large package of federal tax bills set to expire, by bundling them together into a single piece of legislation, known as a “tax extenders” bill, and passing the package before the expiration date, at the end of the calendar year. However, in other years, Congress has not acted until after the group of tax provisions officially has expired. Then Congress included legislative language to make continuation of the federal tax provisions retroactive to the first of the relevant calendar year, so the Teacher Tax Deduction remains available for eligible teachers to use.

Chicago School Supply clients are encouraged to contact their own Member of Congress along with those on the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committee to request their support and pass legislation to continue the present Teacher Tax Deduction provisions, or to take action to strengthen these provisions by making the tax deduction permanent, increasing the tax deduction amount allowable from $250 annually to a sum greater than that, extending a Teacher Tax Deduction in some form.

Source: Education Legislative Services, Inc. (ELS)

HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Members of the 111th Congress 

Democrats Republicans
Charles B. Rangel, NY Chairman

Fortney Pete Stark, CA

Sander M. Levin, MI

Jim McDermott, WA

John Lewis, GA

Richard E. Neal, MA

John S. Tanner, TN

Xavier Becerra, CA

Lloyd Doggett, TX

Earl Pomeroy, ND

Mike Thompson, CA

John B. Larson, CT

Earl Blumenauer, OR

Ron Kind, WI

Bill PascrellJr. , NJ

Shelley Berkley, NV

Joseph Crowley, NY

Chris Van Hollen, MD

Kendrick Meek, FL

Allyson Y. Schwartz, PA

Artur Davis, AL

Danny K. Davis, IL

Bob Etheridge, NC

Linda T. Sanchez, CA

Brian Higgins, NY

John A. Yarmuth, KY

Dave Camp, MI

Wally Herger, CA

Sam Johnson, TX

Kevin Brady, TX

Paul Ryan, WI

Eric Cantor, VA

John Linder, GA

Devin Nunes, CA

Pat Tiberi, OH

Ginny Brown-Waite, FL

Geoff Davis, KY

Dave G. Reichert, WA

Charles W. BoustanyJr. , LA

Dean Heller, NV

Peter J. Roskam, IL

 

SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Members of the 111th Congress

 

Democrats 

MAX BAUCUS, MT
JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER IV, WV
KENT CONRAD, ND
JEFF BINGAMAN, NM
JOHN F. KERRY, MA
BLANCHE L. LINCOLN, AR
RON WYDEN, OR
CHARLES E. SCHUMER, NY
DEBBIE STABENOW, MI

MARIA CANTWELL, WA
BILL NELSON, FL
ROBERT MENENDEZ, NJ
THOMAS CARPER, DE

Republicans

CHUCK GRASSLEY, IA
ORRIN G. HATCH, UT
OLYMPIA J. SNOWE, ME
JON KYL, AZ
JIM BUNNING, KY

MIKE CRAPO, ID
PAT ROBERTS, KS
JOHN ENSIGN, NV
MIKE ENZI, WY
JOHN CORNYN, TX

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