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Do I qualify for the Educator Expense Deduction?

Full-time (900 hours during a school year) kindergarten through 12th grade teachers, instructors, counselors, principals, or aides can deduct up to $250 for out of pocket expenses that they pay for professional development courses related to curriculum or students they teach, supplies, books, equipment, and supplementary materials used in their classroom.

Qualified expenses don't include expenses for home schooling or nonathletic supplies for courses in health or physical education. Don't include expenses that were reimbursed.

NEW FOR 2020: Recent legislation allows amounts paid or incurred after March 12, 2020, for personal protective equipment, disinfectant, and other supplies used for the prevention of the spread of coronavirus to qualify.

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