Kosmas Introduces Teachers Tax Relief Act


U.S. Rep. Suzanne Kosmas (D-FL) wants to help educators deduct more of the money they pay “out of pocket” for classroom expenses. Kosmas has introduced the America's Teachers Tax Relief Act, which would double the current $250 deduction for out of pocket classroom expenses.


The bill would also make the deduction a permanent part of the federal tax code—which would mean public school advocates wouldn't have to fight each year to get the deduction reinstated by lawmakers.


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. According to the National School Supply and Equipment Association, educators’ out of pocket expenses for the 2005-2006 school year, on average, totaled nearly $2000--$826 for classroom supplies and $926 for instructional materials.

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