GOP Tax Scam’s Attack on America’s Students and Educators


As House Republicans finalize a GOP tax scam that will raise taxes on 38 million middle class households in order to hand massive tax breaks to the rich and corporations, Republicans are eliminating major tax deductions benefiting America’s hard-working families – including the student loan interest and teacher’s expense deductions.

The GOP tax scam will hurt millions of Americans burdened by student loan debt and prevent teachers from offsetting a small but vital portion of the cost of classroom supplies paid for out of their own pockets, while special, deficit-exploding giveaways will be preserved for the wealthiest.

Here is what the student loan interest and educator expense deductions looked like in 2015 in all 50 states.  Instead of proposing what they have claimed over and over again to be a ‘middle class bill,’ Republicans are pinching these pennies to give more money to the wealthiest one percent and corporations shipping American jobs overseas.

 

STATE Student Loan Interest Deduction Claims Average Student Loan Deduction Educator Expense Deduction Claims Average Educator Expense Deduction
Alabama 132,880 $1,066 47,850 $254
Alaska 30,250 $1,048 7,940 $259
Arizona 233,340 $1,022 65,980 $250
Arkansas 83,880 $1,037 30,920 $258
California 1,100,110 $1,034 355,960 $257
Colorado 281,920 $1,095 57,780 $248
Connecticut 155,840 $1,120 57,320 $257
Delaware 33,880 $1,096 11,760 $257
DC 40,430 $1,248 6,450 $240
Florida 618,450 $1,039 197,190 $257
Georgia 334,570 $1,094 123,300 $256
Hawaii 45,240 $1,040 15,250 $251
Idaho 67,560 $1,016 14,790 $247
Illinois 534,460 $1,122 157,480 $254
Indiana 285,270 $1,090 61,870 $251
Iowa 178,020 $1,078 36,230 $251
Kansas 132,030 $1,049 34,650 $254
Kentucky 156,800 $1,017 44,250 $255
Louisiana 130,460 $1,016 55,690 $254
Maine 69,580 $1,087 16,530 $251
Maryland 224,230 $1,107 79,640 $251
Massachusetts 345,220 $1,163 98,310 $252
Michigan 410,650 $1,105 94,810 $254
Minnesota 338,000 $1,095 60,190 $248
Mississippi 71,310 $1,031 34,470 $257
Missouri 255,920 $1,082 68,100 $254
Montana 48,980 $1,026 10,630 $249
Nebraska 99,260 $1,063 24,660 $257
Nevada 81,590 $1,013 25,730 $260
New Hampshire 79,130 $1,157 19,420 $251
New Jersey 350,350 $1,160 151,890 $258
New Mexico 61,910 $978 23,390 $256
New York 801,230 $1,118 290,480 $260
North Carolina 334,010 $1,054 109,920 $251
North Dakota 48,480 $1,019 7,730 $258
Ohio 514,840 $1,138 121,110 $250
Oklahoma 124,260 $1,005 42,290 $260
Oregon 188,940 $1,068 34,990 $245
Pennsylvania 651,900 $1,139 149,650 $252
Rhode Island 49,330 $1,095 15,950 $258
South Carolina 166,760 $1,082 51,410 $254
South Dakota 50,590 $1,095 9,490 $256
Tennessee 221,200 $1,069 67,270 $257
Texas 876,120 $1,063 353,650 $261
Utah 107,860 $950 25,760 $244
Vermont 41,140 $1,079 8,910 $254
Virginia 324,310 $1,105 101,480 $248
Washington 293,300 $1,052 66,860 $254
West Virginia 58,390 $1,054 17,600 $256
Wisconsin 288,620 $1,055 63,910 $250
Wyoming 21,830 $1,040 7,220 $263

 

 

Source: IRS, SOI Tax Stats – Historic Table 2, Tax Year 2015