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PolitiFact: Feinstein claim about teacher deductions is misleading

  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein AP



For the Monitor
Friday, November 10, 2017

In a tweet on NOv. 6, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California said, “Teachers spend $1.6 BILLION per year on school supplies. The Republican tax bill ELIMINATES their ability to deduct those expenses.”

Our ruling

Feinstein tweeted, “Teachers spend $1.6 BILLION per year on school supplies. The Republican tax bill ELIMINATES their ability to deduct those expenses.”

She has a point that the GOP plan would get rid of the existing deduction for out-of-pocket classroom expenses for teachers. But the tweet overstates the value of the deduction in two ways – first, because only a portion of that amount can actually be deducted under the law, and second, because not all teachers use the deduction.

We rate the statement Half True.

To read the full fact check, go to politifact.com.