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Can you deduct private school tuition?

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The U.S. Internal Revenue Service does not allow an income-tax deduction for private school tuition, according to Publication 970 (2013), Tax Benefits for Education. However, the IRS considers qualifying "tuition reductions" as tax-exempt in certain situations.

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Can you deduct private school tuition?
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If a person receives a tuition reduction for education below the college level (including primary, secondary or high school), the IRS considers it to be a qualified tuition reduction, and therefore not subject to income tax under the following conditions. The person is an employee of the educational institution, or the person is an employee of the institution but retired or left on disability. He is a widow or widower of someone who died while an employee of the institution or who retired or left on disability, or he is the dependent child or spouse of someone described in one of the other conditions.

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