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anibaltorres
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Can I deduct what I paid to the school for a student trip to Japan?

I took a trip with my university to Japan for a 1 week and took a 1 week class there, but I had to pay $4,507 out of pocket to the university for this trip.  Can this be deductible?

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MinhT
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Can I deduct what I paid to the school for a student trip to Japan?

No, the cost of the trip is not a qualified education expense and cannot be claimed.

Qualified expenses for the education tax credits include tuition and required fees for the enrollment or attendance at an eligible post-secondary educational institution. To be creditable, the expenses paid during a taxable year must relate to: (1) an academic period that begins in the same taxable year; or (2) an academic period that begins in the first three months of the following taxable year.

The following expenses do not qualify:

  • Room and board.
  • Transportation.
  • Insurance.
  • Medical expenses.
  • Student fees unless required as a condition of enrollment or attendance.
  • Same expenses paid with tax-free educational assistance.
  • Same expenses used for any other tax deduction, credit or educational benefit.

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