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Hidden Educator Expense Deduction

One of the extremely cool things about choosing to e-file with TaxSlayer is that they help you find hidden tax deductions. Unfortunately, sometimes those deductions change, and not always for the better, so it’s good to be aware of what’s different when you e-file your tax return.

Let’s look at one of the really cool tax deductions that the IRS has for teachers named the Educator Expense Deduction.

If you are like many educators, you may be spending several hundred dollars per year out of your own pocket to improve conditions in your classroom and give your kids life-enriching experiences.

Here is how you can use this tax deduction when you e-file with TaxSlayer this year, according to IRS Publication 17.

The IRS allows eligible educators to deduct $250 of qualified education expenses as an adjustment to income. Anything considered “ordinary and necessary” that was over the $250 could be deducted on your tax return as a miscellaneous itemized deduction.

Eligible educators work with kindergarten students through grade 12 as teachers, instructors, counselors, principals or aides. They work at least 900 hours per school year in a school that state law decrees is a provider of elementary or secondary education.

You may claim the deductions on your tax return using Form 1040 (line 23) or 1040A (line 16).
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