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Entering educator expenses for Form 1040 in Lacerte

SOLVEDby IntuitLacerte Tax148Updated December 23, 2021

Follow these steps to enter educator expenses from Schedule 1, line 10 in the program:

  1. Go to Screen 24, Adjustments to Income.
  2. Scroll down to the Education Related Adjustments section.
  3. Enter the Educator expenses.
    • The amount allowed will flow to Schedule 1, line 10.

Commonly asked questions about educator expenses:

Qualified expenses include ordinary and necessary expenses paid for professional development courses, books, supplies, equipment, and other materials used in the classroom. Do not include expenses for which the educator received reimbursements not reported in box 1 of Form W-2.


Starting March 12, 2020, the IRS considers expenses for personal protective equipment, disinfectant, and other supplies used to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as qualified educator expenses.  

The maximum deduction is $250 for each taxpayer. Amounts entered in excess of the maximum amount will carry to Schedule A, line 21 as a miscellaneous itemized deduction subject to the 2% AGI limitation.

The following factors reduce educator expense deductions:

  • The interest on series EE and I savings bonds from Form 8815
  • Nontaxable qualified tuition program earnings or distributions
  • Any nontaxable distribution of Coverdell education savings account earnings
  • Any reimbursements that weren't reported to you in box 1 of Form W-2

Check out this IRS resource for more information about qualified educator expenses.

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