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Is private school tuition tax deductible?

Last updated: 
December 15, 2023

In the United States, private school tuition is not tax deductible on federal returns. One exception is if your child attends a private school for special needs, and you have a physician’s referral proving your child requires specialized education. In this case, tuition expenses may qualify as deductible medical expenses.

Consult a tax advisor in your state. Some states offer tax incentives or deductions for K–12 private school tuition. 

U.S. families may also consider a 529 Plan or Coverdell Education Savings Account (ESA) as a tax-advantaged way of saving for educational expenses.

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