If you’re a teacher, you’ll know that when it comes to stocking up the classroom with all those extra materials, you often have to foot the bill yourself. Sure, you may get an allocated amount of money from your school, but this can only go so far – especially if you want to create a really engaging and interesting learning environment for your students.

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Catch a break

While having to outlay the money for these extras yourself can be a burden, there is some good news: you might be able to claim these costs as a tax deduction. 

A tax deduction is available for classroom materials where the items are used in performing your everyday duties as a teacher and the items are not supplied to a student for their individual needs. The types of items that would be available as a deduction include: 

  • Stationary, posters, maps
  • Jigsaws, games, toys
  • Items for cooking, sewing or science experiments
  • Prizes
  • Costs to maintain school or classroom pets.

Types of things you can claim

As well as classroom materials, there is a whole range of other things you can claim as an educator expense deduction.

Some of these include:

  • Teaching registration fees and related costs
  • Uniforms (or clothing with the company/school logo on it) including laundry costs
  • Self-education that relates to your current teaching role
  • Annual union or membership fees (not joining fees)
  • Depreciation or rental deductions for personal mobile phone, computers or other electronic devices to extent used for work-related purposes
  • Protective hat and sunscreen used when working outside.

Make the most of your return

By claiming these types of expenses on your tax return you could put yourself in a better financial position and maybe even get a nice little refund. Just remember to always keep your tax invoices and speak to your accountant for any advice.


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