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shawnrockinfulle
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Can I deduct my internet bill as my school is all online

 
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MargaretL
Employee Tax Expert

Can I deduct my internet bill as my school is all online

You can deduct internet bill only if the internet service is paid directly to school and not the internet provider. If the internet service is not paid directly to the educational institution, they are not tax deductible for education purposes, unfortunately.

Qualified education expenses include tuition and related expenses. The IRS defines related expenses as: "Student-activity fees and expenses for course-related books, supplies, and equipment are included in qualified education expenses only if the fees and expenses must be paid to the institution as a condition of enrollment or attendance".



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MargaretL
Employee Tax Expert

Can I deduct my internet bill as my school is all online

You can deduct internet bill only if the internet service is paid directly to school and not the internet provider. If the internet service is not paid directly to the educational institution, they are not tax deductible for education purposes, unfortunately.

Qualified education expenses include tuition and related expenses. The IRS defines related expenses as: "Student-activity fees and expenses for course-related books, supplies, and equipment are included in qualified education expenses only if the fees and expenses must be paid to the institution as a condition of enrollment or attendance".



daniel137
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Can I deduct my internet bill as my school is all online

As a teacher, can I deduct it as an expense since I am teaching virtually?  Is it different than as a student?

AlanT222
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Can I deduct my internet bill as my school is all online

Yes, you can deduct the internet cost as an expense, since your classroom is now virtual.

 

If you are a teacher, instructor, counselor, aide, or principal that works at least 900 hours in a school that provides K–12 education, you can deduct up to $250 in unreimbursed expenses for books, supplies, and equipment used in the classroom.

 

To enter your Educator Expenses in TurboTax:

  • Open (continue) your return in TurboTax Online. (If your return isn't open, you'll need to sign in and click Take me to my return.)
  • Click My Account (top right of your screen).
  • Select Tools.
  • In the pop-up window, select Topic Search.
  • In the search bar, type teacher.
  • In the results box, highlight teacher classroom expenses, then click GO.
  • Follow the onscreen instructions.

 

 

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xmasbaby0
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Can I deduct my internet bill as my school is all online

If you are a W-2 employee, you cannot deduct job-related expenses on your federal return, per the tax law changes that went into effect for 2018 and beyond.  Your state laws might be different so TT will let you enter the internet amount, but do not expect it to affect your federal refund or tax due.

 

https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/4482873-which-federal-tax-deductions-have-been-suspended-by-tax-re...

 

 

You can use the $250 educator credit---

 

TEACHER EXPENSES

Go to Federal>Deductions and Credits>Employment Expenses>Teacher (Educator) Expenses

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