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Old 09-01-2011, 03:22 PM
 
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LKB, that's great that you only ask for three things, and that you never experienced the insanities of looking for a pale blue plastic pocket folder with prongs. It does happen. In some schools it happens a lot.

This might be of use to you:Tax tip: Deducting unreimbursed employee expenses If indeed you are, like so many teachers say, spending a lot of your own money on work-related issues (from continuing ed to student supplies to those oh-so-lovely polos with the school name embroidered on the pocket), you need to be taking the tax credit available.
As stated before in this thread the maximum deduction teachers can claim is $250. I regularly spend nearly twice that on various thing for my students.
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Old 09-01-2011, 03:35 PM
 
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As stated before in this thread the maximum deduction teachers can claim is $250. I regularly spend nearly twice that on various thing for my students.
Oh, okay. I was taking you at your word when you said "4. I do not get exempt from any taxes ever." I didn't realize you were just being dramatic.
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Old 09-01-2011, 04:15 PM
 
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Oh, okay. I was taking you at your word when you said "4. I do not get exempt from any taxes ever." I didn't realize you were just being dramatic.
I wasn't being dramatic, at best I misspoke. The OP spoke about teachers being exempt from sales tax on all of their purchases those are the taxes I, as a teacher am never exempt from. In my state we also never get tax exempt days, I had never even heard of such a thing before.

Odd that you take a piece of post out of context from the veRy thread and OP it is from in order to paint me as "dramatic". Generally speaking deliberately misconstruing something is considered dramatic. Just FYI.
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Old 09-01-2011, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Liberal Coast
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If you won't let schools charge fees, then you may have to eliminate programs. They eliminate art, music and theater - sports are no more important than these.
Our schools always did fine without charging fees for such things.
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Old 09-01-2011, 08:05 PM
 
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I wasn't being dramatic, at best I misspoke. The OP spoke about teachers being exempt from sales tax on all of their purchases those are the taxes I, as a teacher am never exempt from. In my state we also never get tax exempt days, I had never even heard of such a thing before.

Odd that you take a piece of post out of context from the veRy thread and OP it is from in order to paint me as "dramatic". Generally speaking deliberately misconstruing something is considered dramatic. Just FYI.
Generally speaking, using absolutes when they are not warranted is less a case of "misspeaking" and more frequently a case of either dramatic license or dissembling. Just...y'know...FYI.
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Old 09-02-2011, 11:40 AM
 
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Why can't teachers get their school supply lists out before school starts? Instead, they hand the kid a supply list on the first day of school, and somehow expect them to gather all supplies, exactly as specified by the next day.

Ok, in elementary school, they have the lists printed and available online and in major stores at least a few weeks prior to school beginning. But for middle and high school, well, they wait until the first day of class, then hand them out. Their excuse, oh, each teacher has individual lists, they don't know until the first day of class what students they will have, etc. Then, those lists come out the day after the sales-tax free weekend, when we could have saved that money.


look, I for one am SICK AND TIRED of hearing how teachers are overworked and underpaid. That's their constant battle cry, oh, poor teachers, working so hard, barely make enough to scrape by. WTH do you think the parents are, the idle rich? Many of us work 1-2 jobs, drag home exhausted, only to have a supply list shoved in our face, her, go buy all this crap, and have it by tomorrow. Oh, of course, you could have saved 8% plus all the sales last weekend, but that's ok, you have plenty of money, not like us poor teachers.

Many of you poor teachers make more than the parents, at least you have a job. I can just see how you would react if demanded to run out and purchase a ton of supplies at the last minute---many parents don't even get home until 6-7 pm, then many have another job to run to. And oh, you sure pinch your pennies, but we have $$$ to throw around. Look, the sales tax free weekend, and sales, just ended, couldn't you have come up with lists to let us take advantage of that? This isn't play money we're spending, many of us are on the ragged edge, those sales are sometimes the only way we can make ends meet.

Of course, the dear teachers say you don't have to get all this at once, you can take a week or two, but then they start assigning projects, etc, that necessitate those supplies. The kids who have the materials get the edge, those that don't are left behind. Then, I'm sure your break room gossip turns to "oh, you can always tell those students that have support at home, they have their supplies, and those that don't"

You just don't see the connection between parents and teacher communication, do you? Of course, you always get sales tax free, just flash your pretty teacher ID card. We have one weekend per year for the same advantage, but then, we don't need it, we're so rich anyways, since we're not teachers.

At the very least, if you're going to throw the supply list at us with one evening to gather it all, don't be so darned picky. Don't demand a certain type of folder, notebook, etc, then berate the kid if they don't have it. Did it ever occur to you there might be a run on them and they are ot available? if you want a certain type of folder, etc, so bad, YOU go buy it with your sales tax free teacher discount, then sell them back to the kids first day of school. Oh, that wouldn't work? You don't have that kind of money to throw around? Well, neither do we----look, its a friggin RECESSION out there, not everyone has tons of money, at least try to work with parents a little, have the supply list ready before the sales-tax free weekend, but guess you were all too "busy"with other stuff, and, after all, our budget is none of your concern!
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Old 09-02-2011, 05:08 PM
 
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Our schools always did fine without charging fees for such things.
If you're in Southern California, I think someone else already pointed out that your districts are not allowed to charge for such things. And having lived in California with school-aged children, I wouldn't go so far as to say your schools are doing fine.
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Old 09-02-2011, 08:57 PM
 
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If you're in Southern California, I think someone else already pointed out that your districts are not allowed to charge for such things. And having lived in California with school-aged children, I wouldn't go so far as to say your schools are doing fine.
The ones I went to actually do very well for the demographics they serve. I went to a very low income district, but it didn't always seem like it. I've seen other schools in other areas that serve the same type of population, and that district is much better than the others. I know that things can't be charged for, and I was just showing that you don't have to charge for those things. We never had supply lists, and from looking at the websites, they still have none or very short ones. Parents weren't (and still aren't) asked to do all kinds of things that most see as necessary.
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