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I am a student in a Accredited Online Culinary School.  Each week we have to purchase items that we will need to make the items that the school is requiring.  Are these purchases deductible?  I do save the receipts, and keep proof of what I have to cook.

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No, these purchases for your school course are not tax deductible.

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New Member


How about equipment for school work


And why wouldn't food purchased be able to as they would be supplies...     no?

Employee Tax Expert


If you qualify tor the American Opportunity Act  and the food  and equipment are required to complete your course of study they would be deductible as an expense.


Under the American Opportunity credit:

For AOTC only, expenses for books, supplies and equipment the student needs for a course of study are included in qualified education expenses even if it is not paid to the school. For example, the cost of a required course book bought from an off-campus bookstore is a qualified education expense.

See our Education Credits Frequently Asked Question page for more information.



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