Can i file my son's private school tuition on my income taxes?

Can i file my son's private school tuition on my income taxes?

Postby ordwine » Wed Jan 26, 2011 4:48 am

Not on federal returns.
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Can i file my son's private school tuition on my income taxes?

Postby halbart » Wed Jan 26, 2011 4:50 am

Not if it's a K12 school. Those are not eligible.
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Can i file my son's private school tuition on my income taxes?

Postby powell71 » Wed Jan 26, 2011 4:52 am

Not yet. Some in congress have been trying to push for private school vouchers but that doesn't exist yet. I don't know if it ever will, or if it ever should, but that's another debate for another time.
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Can i file my son's private school tuition on my income taxes?

Postby tristram44 » Wed Jan 26, 2011 4:54 am

NO. The person who says you can is very much mistaken. Only college expenses can be claimed on your federal taxes, not private elementary or secondary school.
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Postby dohosan » Wed Jan 26, 2011 4:57 am

No. I wish!! The only private school "tuition" you may be able use as a credit on your income taxes is when it's actually child care (child and dependent care credit is what the IRS calls it), like in preschool/daycare, not for grades K - 12. There are other requirements, like generally both parents must be working, and there is a limit. Before and after care at a private school may be considered child care and may qualify for the credit, up to a certain age (13?), but not the actual educational tuition.

At times, I believe some states have had some sort of a deduction for private school, so it's worth looking at your state's tax guidelines.

Donations to many private schools may be tax deductible, that has been the case at both of my son's private schools. So it's always good to donate so the school doesn't raise tuition as much, which is not deductible.

Good luck!
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Postby holdyn » Wed Jan 26, 2011 5:48 am

no
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Postby taneli48 » Wed Jan 26, 2011 5:50 am

Yes. In NC and PA at least. I don't know why it would be different anywhere else because that is part of the federal return as well....
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Postby edwaldo » Wed Jan 26, 2011 5:51 am

no
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