Tax Question.

Updated on March 23, 2010
C. asks from Forest Park, IL
6 answers

Does anyone know if I can claim my child's private school tuition for the tax? It's the private elementary.
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C.C.

answers from Fresno on

Do you pay for after-school care at this school? If so, you can claim that. If your child is in preschool, you can claim the tuition (up to a point).

Otherwise, no, private school tuition is not tax-deductible for the same reasons the payments on your new Mercedes are not tax-deductible - it's considered a luxury since there are public schools your child could attend. (Even though let's face it, at least where I live nobody in their right mind would send their kid to a public school unless they had no other choice!)

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B.K.

answers from Chicago on

Yes. Every year I get a statement from our school titled "qualified education expenses" and I give it to my accountant. I would think your school would provide that for you.

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D.N.

answers from Chicago on

You can claim any after school care or preschool afor child care. If your child is in Kindergarten, you can claim it in a space on the State tax.

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J.C.

answers from Chicago on

My accountant ( we have been going to for 16 yrs) asked me if our kids were in private school because a part of it may be tax deductible but i dont recall exactly what...therefore it would be in your best interest to contact an accountant

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C.H.

answers from San Antonio on

My kids have been in private school from Day 1 and unfortunately we have not been able to claim the tuition on taxes.

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J.T.

answers from Dallas on

you cannot claim it unless it is before/after school care provided WHILE YOU ARE WORKING. preschool cannot be claimed either, unless it is childcare WHILE YOU ARE WORKING.

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