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Teachers Eyeing Tax Debate

December 20, 2013, 6:15 PM by Erich Schaffhauser

Teachers Eyeing Tax Debate

With the end of the year approaching, one of many potential changes to the tax code affects teachers.

Teachers can deduct up to $250 a year for classroom supplies and materials they pay for out of pocket. That won't be the case anymore if the policy isn't extended.

Teachers at Aberdeen Christian School are busy moving to their new location on the north end of town. Several of them can list expenses they cover themselves throughout the school year.

"I like to get resources, extra resources, music or other things in Spanish. Sometimes in Spanish class we cook," Bible and Spanish teacher Lynne Fuhrman said.

"Things for bulletin boards," math teacher Marilee Keahey said. "In math we use small white boards to write on, so I purchased my own for the students."

Both Keahey and Fuhrman say they've deducted expenses like those many years in the profession. They both say they spend more than $250 a year. According to the National Education Association, the average teacher pays more as well.

Still, both teachers say they have mixed feelings when it comes to the deduction expiration. Of course, they'd like to write off the expenses.

"Personally, it would be nice. It probably won't break the bank," Fuhrman said. "As a nation, we're expecting the government and as individuals we're expecting the government to pay for more and more of our things and they have to get the money from somewhere."

So as these Aberdeen Christian teachers continue to move into their new home, they aren't banking on a tax deduction in the future. But they'll eye government spending along with the tax policy that directly affects them.

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