IRS Tax Tip 2003-37, (Feb. 21, 2003) - Starting with their 2002 tax return, educators may be able to deduct up to $250 of expenses paid for purchases of books and classroom supplies even without itemizing deductions, according to the IRS.

The new deduction is available if you are an eligible educator in a public or private elementary or secondary school. To be eligible, you must work at least 900 hours during a school year as a teacher, instructor, counselor, principal or aide.

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