Fedor, Manning Introduce Legislation to Expand Teacher Tax Deduction
March 10, 2021
This week, state Senators Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) and Nathan Manning (R-North Ridgeville) introduced a bill to expand the teacher tax deduction for supplies passed in the 133rd General Assembly from $250 to $1,000.
“Two-hundred fifty dollars is simply not enough for our teachers to purchase personal protection equipment and additional school supplies for this extremely difficult school year,” Fedor said. “Teachers have long been forced to use their own money to purchase school supplies because of insufficient funding. This is especially true now that they’ve had to find new ways to teach online and make sure their classrooms have enough supplies so students don’t have to share and risk additional spread of Covid-19.”
Senate Bill 120 would serve as an addition to the federal Educator Expense Deduction, which allows eligible single educators to deduct up to $250 and eligible couples to deduct up to $500 when filing jointly. This deduction will help offset the personal cost to educators, demonstrate support for the crucial role they have played throughout this pandemic and allow them to continue taking precautions to protect themselves and their students.
“Especially during these unprecedented times, it is crucial that we help ease the financial burden teachers undertake to supply their students with the tools to learn effectively and safely,” said Manning. “By simply increasing this important tax deduction we already have in place, we will benefit both our students and teachers.”
Senate Bill 120 is also similar to S. B. 26 passed during the 133rd General Assembly, which limited qualified expenses to purchases of items like books, supplies, computer equipment and for participation in professional development courses.