Michigan teachers who pay for school supplies could get a tax credit


A new bill would provide a tax credit for educators who pay out-of-pocket for classroom supplies.

Senate Bill 315 and House Bill 4582 provide up to $1,000 for a single return and up to $2,000 for a joint return to teachers buying school supplies.

The bills were introduced as part of Teacher Appreciation Week by Senator Jeff Irwin and Representative Angela Witwer.

“Every day, teachers in Michigan are taking money out of their pockets to buy supplies for their classrooms because Lansing is failing to fund our public schools,” Sen. Irwin said.

Items eligible for deduction include books, computer programs, art supplies, classroom learning materials, food and equipment.

“Teachers are using their own money to pay for necessary supplies for their students to make up for cuts to classroom funding,” Rep. Witwer said.

A 2017 survey found 96% of Michigan teachers spend their own money to furnish their classrooms.

Seventy-three percent of educators spent more than $300 on their students, and 41% spent more than $500, according to the survey.

Currently educators can deduct up to $250 from their federal taxes.

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