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Who qualifies for the District of Columbia teacher tuition and fees subtraction?

An individual must meet the following qualifications to be able to claim this subtraction:

  • The individual must be approved by the DC public schools.
  • The individual must be a classroom teacher in a DC public school or public charter school for this entire tax year (2020) or the entire prior tax year (2019).
If a DC classroom teacher meets these requirements, they may deduct the amount they paid during the year for postgraduate education, professional development, or state licensing examination and testing for improving teaching credentials or maintaining professional certification (up to $1,500 per person).

If a DC classroom teacher claims a deduction on the federal return for personal expenses incurred in tuition and fees, then these same expenses cannot be claimed again on the DC return.

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