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TEACHERS

See what out-of-pocket for supplies for their students.

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Tax Tips for Teachers

Thank you to all our dedicated Teachers! We know this year has been difficult, so avoid your TAXiety and let Liberty help you file your taxes.

 You are an eligible educator if

    • You are a kindergarten teacher, instructor, counselor, principal, or aide kindergarten through grade 12
    • You worked at least 900 hours during the school year
    • You are in a school that provides elementary or secondary education as determined under state law

As you know, most teachers pay out-of-pocket for supplies that will help set their students. Doing this all year long can add up fast. Fortunately, eligible educators may be able to offset qualified expenses.

Common Qualified Expenses

    • Professional development courses
    • Books
    • Supplies
    • Computer equipment including related software and services
    • Supplementary materials

Expenses for COVID-19 Protective Items

    • Face masks
    • Disinfectant for use against COVID-19
    • Hand soap
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Disposable gloves
    • Tape, paint or chalk to guide social distancing
    • Physical barriers, such as clear plexiglass
    • Air purifiers
    • Other items recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to be used for the prevention of the spread of COVID-19

Expenses for PE Teachers

If you’re a health or physical education teacher, you can expense athletic supplies:

    • Whistles
    • Stopwatches
    • Dodgeballs
    • Storage bins
    • Exercise / play mats
    • and most other items necessary for your job

Connect with Tax Experts

It’s no secret — taxes can be a challenge to understand. If preparing for this year’s tax season gives you TAXiety, don’t hesitate — schedule an appointment with your local Liberty Tax expert.

Ready to tackle your taxes? Y​ou can start your return by downloading our app from the Apple App or Google Play or utilizing our virtual tax pro.