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Is private school tuition tax deductible?

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In most instances, private school tuition is not tax deductible because this is a choice elected by parents instead of public school education. Exceptions to this rule include schools for children with special needs and post-secondary institutions.

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Deductions for students with special needs get filed as medical deductions and not tuition deductions. The costs associated with getting care for students with special needs are all itemized under medical deductions. To claim these tuition and medical deductions, an individual must file itemized deductions instead of standard deductions.

Tax credits and deductions for post-secondary education are income based, and not everyone qualifies. The IRS provides a comprehensive list of deductions and qualifications as a resource for taxpayers.

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