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Can the cost of private schooling be deducted?

SOLVEDby TurboTax1037Updated December 23, 2021

No, the cost of private school (K-12) doesn't qualify for any education deductions or credits on your federal return.

If your child attends a daycare program before or after school, whether at a public or private school, you may qualify for a child care credit. Some private school tuition for special needs students may be eligible for a medical deduction.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act allows distributions from a 529 plan to be used for elementary or secondary (K-12) public, private, or religious school expenses.

A few states allow deductions for K-12 education and/or home schooling expenses. If your state is one of them, we'll ask you about it when we get to your state return.

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