Article published March 17, 2006
Teachers look forward to tax rebate
For more than 20 years, Ruth Mendiola has been like a second parent to
the schoolchildren in her class.
Her out-of-pocket school expenses clearly add up to at least $500 a
school year, so now that a local tax rebate for educators is available
for the first time this tax filing season, Mendiola is not letting the
While the Guam Public School System has become better at providing the
supplies on her school's wish list, there are things teachers can't help
but pay for out of their pockets, including spare change for kids who
don't have lunch money, she said.
Carbullido Elementary’s Principal Bernie Tenorio said she also
spends money out of her own budget for candy bars, certificates and other
little gestures to acknowledge the efforts of teachers.
"Those little things can add up," Tenorio said.
Tenorio was unsure, however, if she would be able to fill out the form for the tax rebate because she did not keep all of her receipts, and the receipts will be needed for her to itemize her expenses on the educators qualifying certificate form.
The educators tax rebate also has caused some confusion, said tax consultant
Rolly Tomada with family-owned A. T. Tomada and Associates, because there's
no place for it to be included on the income tax return form.
Department of Revenue and Taxation Director Art Ilagan said the educators tax rebate will be claimed separately on the educators qualifying certificate form, available on www.govguamdocs.com, and does not have to be included on the income tax return 1040 or 1040A forms that people use for their income tax.
Based on the public schools' personnel numbers' showing there are close to 3,000 teachers, school aides and principals in public schools, the potential impact to the GovGuam coffers in one year for public educators alone is $1.5 million if most of them claim the rebate and qualify for it.
Ilagan said it's hard to tell at this point to what extent island teachers would take advantage of the tax rebate.
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