DECATUR, Ill. –Teachers who purchase instructional supplies to use in their classroom are eligible for a new state tax credit worth up to $250 under legislation supported by state Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur.
“Especially in the state’s neediest school districts, teachers are spending hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars out of pocket on classroom expenses,” Scherer said. “Not all families can afford to purchase the required school supplies or to replenish items like glue sticks, pencils and paper throughout the year, so at times teachers fill this need with their own money.”
The new credit is equal to the amount paid for instructional materials and supplies, up to a maximum of $250. The credit is in addition to the current $250 federal deduction and is available to teachers, principals or aides in a qualified school who work at least 900 hours during a school year.
“As a former teacher for more than 30 years, I am always on the lookout for ways to support the dedicated educators who are making an impact in the lives of young people in our community,” said Scherer. “I would encourage all teachers to take advantage of this new credit to get more cash back from the money they spend on classroom supplies.”
For more information, please contact Scherer’s constituent service office at 217-877-9636 or by email at StateRepSue@gmail.com. Scherer represents the 96th District, which includes portions of Christian, Macon and Sangamon counties.