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tgore3rd
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Computer as Education deduction

My spouse and I purchased a computer last year primarily for her college courses.  Can we claim this as an education expense?  The computer was financed by me (in my name), but we file jointly.

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Bsch4477
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Computer as Education deduction

Generally, if your computer is a necessary requirement for enrollment or attendance at an educationalinstitution, the IRS deems it a qualifying expense. If you are using the computer simply out of convenience, it most likely does not qualify for a tax credit. It doesn’t matter who actually paid for it. 

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Bsch4477
Level 15

Computer as Education deduction

Generally, if your computer is a necessary requirement for enrollment or attendance at an educationalinstitution, the IRS deems it a qualifying expense. If you are using the computer simply out of convenience, it most likely does not qualify for a tax credit. It doesn’t matter who actually paid for it. 

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Carl
Level 15

Computer as Education deduction

If the need for a computer or Internet access was clearly identified in any one course syllabus for any course she was enrolled in, then the purchase of the computer would fall under the auspices of the 'Lab fees and Equipment" category.

An example would be if she was required to submit assignments on line. While a computer may not have been clearly identified as a student requirement, if submitting assignments online was, then it's obvious you can't do that without a computer.

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