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House of Representatives
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: January 5, 2015 12:08 PM
From: Representative Jake Wheatley, Jr.
To: All House members
Subject: Tax Credit for the Purchase of Classroom Supplies
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation that amends the act of March 4, 1971 (P.L. 6, No. 2), also known as the Tax Reform Code of 1971, to provide a tax credit to teachers for the purchase of classroom supplies.

As many of you are aware, school districts across the Commonwealth have witnessed significant reductions in resources over the past several years. During a time of massive budget cuts, school closings, and teacher layoffs; numerous teachers continue to provide vital provisions to exhausted schools, spending hundreds of dollars each year on basic classroom supplies. Commonly these expenses deliver important resources to our poorest schools and respond directly to poverty as teachers purchase food and other related items for their classrooms.

In order to further encourage teachers to provide additional resources to our children, foster learning, and support our communities; this legislation provides a tax credit of up to $500 for teachers who purchase out-of-pocket classroom supplies. Eligible classroom supplies include books, supplies, computers and related equipment, including related software and services, other equipment and supplementary materials.

Please join me in sponsoring this important legislation.

Introduced as HB86