Charles Sykes/Invision/AP. Actor Jenna Fischer tweeted out a lengthy apology on Wednesday for inaccurately claiming that the recently passed GOP tax bill eliminated a deduction for teachers.
While the House version of the bill eliminated the $250 deduction, the final version restored it, following outcry from teachers and their supporters.
“The Office” actor Jenna Fischer tweeted out an unusual, lengthy apology on Wednesday for inaccurately claiming that the recently passed GOP tax bill eliminated a deduction for teachers to pay for classroom supplies.
While the House version of the Republican bill eliminated a provision in the tax code that allowed teachers to deduct up to $250 in classroom spending, the final version of the legislation signed by President Donald Trump last week restored that deduction, following outcry from teachers and their supporters.
Fischer responded to her critics on Twitter on Christmas day, writing, “Thanks for your tweets! I had some facts wrong. Teachers surveyed by Scholastic in 2016 personally spent an average of $530 on school supplies for students. Teachers who worked at high-poverty schools spent an average of $672. The tax deduction was capped at $250.”.
While Fischer got these numbers right, she still didn’t explain that the $250 cap, which has been in place since December 2015, was not altered by the new law.
“I feel genuinely bad about getting my facts wrong and I’m sorry,” Fischer wrote.