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Who qualifies for District of Columbia teacher materials 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 basic and necessary classroom teaching materials and supplies (up to $500 per person).

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

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