Tax Breaks for Teachers

tax tips | August 28, 2018 | By Susannah McQuitty

Illustration of tax breaks for teachers

You educators work hard to teach upcoming generations, so we’re making it as easy as possible for you to save money on your taxes.

There is a myriad of ways to find tax breaks, but today we’re going to focus on a few that you’re likely to be specifically affected by as a teacher.

Let’s dig in!

Deducting your expenses

The first—and most obvious—way for teachers to save on their taxes is to take full advantage of the educator expense deduction.

The educator expense deduction allows qualifying teachers to deduct up to $250 of their unreimbursed expenses used specifically for the classroom. That means books, supplies and computer software you buy and don’t receive a reimbursement for can save you money on your taxes.

A checklist next to a coffee mug shows educator tax breaks

Child care for your family

If you’re a working parent, first: kudos. You’re a superhero. Second: Make sure to check out the Child and Dependent Care Credit. If your kids are in daycare, preschool or with a nanny while you teach, you could get a tax break for care-related expenses.

Lifetime Learning Credit

Do you take classes or pay for online learning and certifications? The Lifetime Learning Credit could help you out. This credit is worth up to $2,000 and can be used for graduate school, undergraduate expenses, and even professional or vocational courses.

There’s no limit to how many years you can claim the Lifetime Learning Credit, either—that’s a great perk.

Tax reform

Don’t forget to review how tax reform can help you out on your taxes too. Not many of the changes are directed at teachers specifically, but the vast majority of taxpayers will see changes to their refund or paychecks this year. Head over to our blog post on how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act may affect you as an educator to learn more.

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