Tax information for teachers going back to school

Starting the school year off right takes a lot of enthusiasm and preparation. Luckily, when it comes to planning ahead, teachers usually have it down pat. So, what about getting ready for tax season? While it is still a few months away, organizing now can pay off later.

Claim up to $1,000 of supply purchases

Do you plan on hitting the back-to-school sales in August and September? As an eligible teacher or early childhood educator you may be able to claim a 15% refundable tax credit on up to $1,000 of supply purchases per year as part of the eligible educator school supply tax credit.

Make sure you keep your receipts and obtain a written certificate from your employer, as the CRA may ask to see these later.

Claim moving expenses when moving at least 40 km closer to a new work location

You may be able to claim moving expenses like transportation, storage and other costs, if you moved at least 40 kilometres (by the shortest usual public route) closer to your new work location. Make sure you keep supporting documents from your move, like receipts from travelling or hiring movers.

Once you’ve moved, don’t forget to update your address with the CRA.

Teach your students about taxes

If you’re a high school or post-secondary educator and have space in your curriculum this year, consider teaching your students about taxes with the CRA’s FREE learning materials. Knowing how to file a tax return is an important life skill that will benefit your students for years to come.

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