Save back-to-school shopping receipts to claim valuable tax benefits
ST. PAUL, Minn. – The school year may look and feel a little different this fall, but parents can still claim valuable K-12 tax benefits by saving receipts on school supply purchases this year.
“Every year, parents across Minnesota invest in their children’s education by purchasing school supplies,” said Revenue Commissioner Cynthia Bauerly. “This year, distance learning may have changed the nature of these investments, but parents should still keep receipts for these purchases, including distance learning needs, and claim the K-12 Education Credit or Subtraction to help save money when it comes time to file taxes in 2021.”
Two tax benefits can help Minnesota families pay expenses related to their child’s education: the refundable K-12 Education Credit (income limits apply) and the K-12 Education Subtraction (no income limits).
These programs reduce the tax parents pay and could deliver a larger refund when filing a Minnesota income tax return. To qualify, the purchases must be for educational services or required materials. The child must be attending kindergarten through 12th grade at a public, private, or home school and meet other qualifications.
Last year, more than 36,000 families received the K-12 Education Credit and saved an average of $251. Nearly 192,000 families received the K-12 Education Subtraction.
Save those receiptsRemember to save your receipts to claim the credit or subtraction. Most expenses for educational instruction or materials qualify, including:
*Fees for internet service do not qualify
Household Income for the K-12 Education Credit
Number of qualifying children in K-12
Household income must be less than
1 or 2
4 or more
Add $2,000 for each additional child
Taxpayers who are not required to file an income tax return must do so in order to claim a refund for any eligible education credit.
K-12 Education SubtractionThere are no income limits to qualify for the education subtraction. Most parents qualify. Parents can claim the K-12 Subtraction for tuition paid to private schools or college courses used to satisfy high school graduation requirements.
Check out our video to learn more about the K-12 education tax credit.
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