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suzydamaszek
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Can I deduct the expenses of two required teacher exams and a workshop that I had to pay for in order to student-teach and become a certified teacher in New York State?

 
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MelaineC
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Can I deduct the expenses of two required teacher exams and a workshop that I had to pay for in order to student-teach and become a certified teacher in New York State?

You can deduct work-related education to maintain or improve your skills in your present job, career, or profession, but you cannot deduct expenses to train or qualify for a new job, career, or profession.

Work-related education is an employee business expense.

To deduct employee business expenses, you must have enough itemized deductions (ie. Medical, mortgage interest, property taxes, charitable giving, etc) to exceed your Standard Deduction. If you itemize, your deduction is limited to the extent that it exceeds 2% of your Adjusted Gross Income.

So, you may not gain a tax benefit from this deduction.

To report work-related education expenses in TurboTax:

  • Click My Account (Top right of your screen).
  • Select Tools.
  • In the pop-up window, select Topic Search.
  • In the search bar, type in 2106
  • Highlight it and select GO, and follow the prompts.

See Any Other Expenses? page

Education Expenses, 6th category down

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