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Are private school fees eligible for tax deductions?

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Level 6

Are private school fees eligible for tax deductions?

Thanks for your question. It depends on the school. Some private schools do provide tax receipts for the fees and people can claim the fees as donations. Please contact the school and ask if they provide tax receipts for donation purposes or not. Please click here for more information. 

Level 6

Are private school fees eligible for tax deductions?

Thank you for choosing TurboTax. Generally, the cost of tuition for private school for elementary and secondary students doesn't qualify for tax deductions. There are non-refundable tuition and education tax credits available for post-secondary education. Whereas, a portion of the private school tuition fees, if it relates to child care services, may qualify as child care costs. There are special circumstances in which all or a portion of the fees paid may be considered a donation, and qualify for the charitable donations tax credit. Two types of schools may be able to provide charitable donations receipts for all or a portion of fees: 

  • those which exclusively teach religion, and
  • those which operate in a dual capacity, providing both academic and religious education 

For further clarification, please refer to our following blogs: 

Deducting Your Child’s School Tuition From Your Taxes?

Claiming Tuition and Other Educational Expenses

Understanding Tuition Tax Credits

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