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Schumer wants more NY teachers to get tax break for buying school supplies

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer seeks to get more New York teachers to take advantage of a tax deduction for the purchase of classroom supplies.

The educator expense deduction is available for teachers who buy books, computers and other supplies for their classroom. They may deduct up to $250 a year for classroom-related expenses.

The tax break became permanent in 2015, when a major bill, the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015, was signed by then-President Barack Obama. The deduction was included in the tax package.

Some New York educators have already used the deduction. Schumer, D-N.Y., cited Internal Revenue Service data from 2015 that found 258,100 of the state’s 490,000 public school teachers claimed the deduction. The remaining 48 percent, including 103,000 upstate teachers, did not.

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