Are you out of pocket from teaching expenses?

What do you spend on teaching from your own salary?  Read the results of a recent survey and make an informed decision on planning your personal and professional budget(s).

Saturday, September 27, 2014

I just did my tax return. I am always surprised at what an effective hoarder of receipts I am during the year. Thank goodness that I am! There are a lot of out of pocket expenses I have made over 17 years of teaching. It really adds up!
Some of these are covering costs that I really enjoy spending – snacks for end of term parties, small gifts or prizes for the end of year. But the rest… some seem a little unreasonable.

According to a recent survey by the NSW Teacher’s Federation, teachers’ out of pocket expenses averaged $1848 for the 2013 school year. This represents 3.02% of a beginning teacher’s salary and 2.02 per cent of an experienced classroom teacher.

What do you spend? Don’t forget to think of all the different types of expenses:

- classroom supplies
- educational materials
- classroom furniture
- excursions
- student welfare (lunches, bus money, mobile phone calls, prizes and rewards)
- professional reading/ training courses (including travel and accommodation)
- staffroom items (including your own mug and replacing the continually lost forks)
- enhancements to school issued toiletries and general cleaning equipment
- sunglasses, hats and jackets for playground duties.

Read the results of this survey and make an informed decision on planning your personal and professional budget(s). And don’t forget to keep receipts and talk to a tax agent about what can be rightfully claimed as work related out of pocket expenses.