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Valadao, House Members Work to Provide Educators with Tax Relief

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Washington, July 9, 2015 | Anna R. Vetter ((202) 815-1685) | comments
Representatives David Valadao, Dave Reichert, Jim McDermott, Bob Dold, Ron Kind, Rodney Davis, and Bill Pascrell introduced the Educator Tax Relief Act, H.R. 2490, to make permanent the deduction allowed for educators who purchase classroom supplies out of pocket and expand the deduction to the include professional development expenses.
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WASHINGTON – Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21), Dave Reichert (WA-08), Jim McDermott (WA-07), Bob Dold (IL-10), Ron Kind (WI-03), Rodney Davis (IL-13), and Bill Pascrell (NJ-09) introduced the Educator Tax Relief Act, H.R. 2490, to make permanent the deduction allowed for educators who purchase classroom supplies out of pocket and expand the deduction to the include professional development expenses.

The original cosponsors issued the following statement, “Educators put a lot of time and effort into making sure our children have the opportunity to learn and grow and prepare themselves for success. It seems only fair that we do not ask them to use their own hard-earned dollars to purchase the basics needed to do their job or develop in their careers. This bill will allow us to alleviate an unnecessary financial burden and continue to invest in the education of America’s children.” 

 NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia said, “Every day, educators across America reach into their own pockets to purchase classroom supplies such as books, pencils, paper, and art supplies for their students and classrooms. The $250.00 a year educator tax deduction included in the bipartisan Educator Tax Relief Act of 2015 will make a big difference to educators who often must sacrifice their own personal needs to pay for classroom supplies. More to the point, by including an inflationary adjustment to the educator tax and making it permanent, we finally will recognize that this is an act of love and sacrifice by educators that we should support and reward.”


Background

Every year educators across the country foot the bill for basic classroom supplies out of dedication to teaching and to their students. The National School Supply and Equipment Association released data from the 2012-2013 school year showing public school teachers spent $1.6 billion out-of-pocket on classroom materials.

Additionally, educator quality is critical to maximize student achievement, as highly qualified educators will enable students to meet high standards. Continued professional development is one vital way that teachers keep their skills and knowledge current, and best equip themselves to prepare students for college and the challenges of the 21st Century global workplace. Expanding the tax deduction to cover qualified continuing education pursuits further assures the success of our educators and our children. The legislation is written to adjust for inflation so that the deduction keeps pace with the growing cost to educators.

Congressman David G. Valadao represents the 21st Congressional District, which includes Kings County and portions of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties. 

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