Bill creates income tax credit for certain school supplies.

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-Brooklyn, Staten Island) today called for passage of legislation she is co-sponsoring to provide tax credits for teachers who use personal funds to purchase supplies for their students and classrooms. The legislation, Assembly bill 4777, would provide up to $500 in annual tax credits for teachers who use their own funds to purchase qualified classroom or teaching supplies that benefit students. It has gained strong support from the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), which is made up of approximately 200,000 professionals in the New York City School District.

“Teachers routinely spend hundreds of dollars of their own money to buy materials for their students and classrooms,” said UFT President Michael Mulgrew. “They do it because they care and they want to make a difference in children’s lives. This legislation is a great way to recognize teachers and say thank you for going above and beyond to help their students.”

If enacted, the legislation would provide a tax credit for elementary and secondary teachers who use personal funds to purchase supplies, when they would not otherwise be reimbursed. Eligible expenses would include classroom books and other instructional materials and equipment, notebooks, utensils, teaching materials, such as posters and supplies for special projects, and field trip costs.

“Teachers across the city devote countless hours to support our children and recently have been digging deeper into their pockets to pay for supplies,” said Malliotakis. “Whether in the classroom or after-school hours, we know that many of our teachers invest their personal finances when funds come up short. The state should quickly adopt this tax credit for our teachers who keep stepping up to the plate for their students.”

The bill currently sits in the Assembly Ways and Means committee, of which Malliotakis is a member.