Shea-Porter: Tax Break For Teachers Who Buy Own Supplies Should Be Permanent

Oct 28, 2013

1st District Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter speaks with school officials in Derry.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

First District Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter wants to make permanent a tax break for teachers who buy their own school supplies.

Speaking outside South Range Elementary School in Derry, Shea-Porter says she knows personally how much money teachers spend on their own to make sure children have what they need.

“My mother-in-law was a teacher and I can remember her having a room full of stuff that she had to buy and she would cart back and forth to the school each season,” Shea-Porter said.

“Very generous of her, very kind of her, but they really should have some compensation for this.”

The legislation would extend a federal tax deduction of up to $250 for teachers who spend their own money purchasing supplies for their classrooms.

That deduction currently exists, but it is set to expire at the end of the year.

Shea-Porter says a letter from a teacher in Derry inspired her to file the bill.

Shea-Porter also stopped at Horne Street Elementary School in Dover.