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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Ralph Norman (SC-05)

For background information, the IRS allows an “eligible educator” to deduct up to $250 of unreimbursed education expenses, which could include books, supplies, computer equipment, software, and other items used in the classroom. Furthermore, the IRS definition of “eligible educator” is a K-12 teacher who provides instruction in a traditional school environment.

Rep. Norman’s new bill would direct the Secretary of the Treasury to clarify IRS regulations such that “individuals who provide home-school education are ‘eligible educators’” for the purpose of this tax deduction.

Rep. Norman issued the following statement after filing this bill:

“Parents who educate their children at home are, in fact, teachers. As such, home educators should be eligible for the same tax deductions that K-12 teachers in a traditional school are entitled to. This is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic, as more and more families have chosen home schooling to help meet the educational goals they have for their children.”

Organizations endorsing this bill include:

  • FreedomWorks
  • Family Research Council
  • American Federation for Children
  • National Taxpayers Union

National Taxpayers Union issued the following statement about Rep. Norman’s bill:

“With millions of children learning from home this year and next, parents may face a number of unanticipated schooling expenses. Congressman Norman’s Home School Parents are Teachers Act would ensure that parents homeschooling their kids can access a $250 deduction for education expenses, providing some commonsense relief for families across the country. National Taxpayers Union applauds Congressman Norman for introducing this bill.”