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Educators Can Now Deduct Out-of-Pocket Expenses for COVID-19 Protective Items

Eligible educators can deduct unreimbursed expenses for COVID-19 protective items to stop the spread of the virus in the classroom. The protective items include, but are not limited to:

  • Face masks,
  • Disinfectant for use against COVID-19,
  • Hand soap,
  • Disposable gloves,
  • Tape, paint or chalk to guide social distancing,
  • Physical barriers (e.g., clear plexiglass),
  • Air purifiers, and
  • Other items recommended by the CDC to be used for the prevention of the spread of COVID-19.

The new law clarifies that unreimbursed expenses paid or incurred after March 12, 2020, by eligible educators qualify.

https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/rp-21-15.pdf

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