Claiming tax deductions for professional learning

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By Michael Hilkemeijer

The world of teaching in the 21st century places many demands on the educators in our school systems today. As the aim of each school is to prepare students for life outside school it requires the knowledge of teachers to continually be up-to-date with the latest developments in society. Professional learning is a must in the education industry then and the professional development of teachers plays a significant role in ensuring that our students will be prepared for living in a continually changing world.

Despite this, professional development for teachers can generate some issues among schools as they struggle allocate funds to resources. Unfortunately, what this means for some teachers is that their employer is unable to provide funds for their professional development as a result of it being exhausted towards other areas of the school. Throughout my own teaching experience this has been something that I have been witness to myself and has left feeling frustrated and abandoned to a certain extent at times. A feeling which I am sure most teachers have felt. Such a predicament, however, is not necessarily the fault of the school. As state and public schools depend on government handouts for many things including funds, finances provided to educational leaders goes towards other areas such as infrastructure and in some cases today, the purchase of new equipment and technology. The problem being that the government does not give out enough to schools and in this case teachers can feel stranded. Am I started to hit a cord with you?

By Michael Hilkemeijer

The world of teaching in the 21st century places many demands on the educators in our school systems today. As the aim of each school is to prepare students for life outside school it requires the knowledge of teachers to continually be up-to-date with the latest developments in society. Professional learning is a must in the education industry then and the professional development of teachers plays a significant role in ensuring that our students will be prepared for living in a continually changing world.

Despite this, professional development for teachers can generate some issues among schools as they struggle allocate funds to resources. Unfortunately, what this means for some teachers is that their employer is unable to provide funds for their professional development as a result of it being exhausted towards other areas of the school. Throughout my own teaching experience this has been something that I have been witness to myself and has left feeling frustrated and abandoned to a certain extent at times. A feeling which I am sure most teachers have felt. Such a predicament, however, is not necessarily the fault of the school. As state and public schools depend on government handouts for many things including funds, finances provided to educational leaders goes towards other areas such as infrastructure and in some cases today, the purchase of new equipment and technology. The problem being that the government does not give out enough to schools and in this case teachers can feel stranded. Am I started to hit a cord with you?

Not every teacher is provided with fantastic professional development opportunities through the school and for those who seek to improve their professional learning they are forced to look at alternative means for themselves and self-educate. Online professional development for teachers can provide a good option for those who fit within this category and it comes in the form of online resources such as reading material such as blogs or ebooks, webinars and online courses that is becoming more popular now more than ever.

In Australia, teachers can claim tax deductions on expenses for self-education. The Australian Taxation Office allows deductions to be made on self-education courses relates directly to your profession and improves your skill and knowledge in the workplace. Course fees can be claimed by teachers if they haven’t been reimbursed by their employer. In addition, you cannot claim expenses if the course is designed to get you a job, a new job or earn money from an external activity.

To find more information on how you can claim deductions for self-education, visit the following links:

Self-education

Teachers claiming work expenses

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