Minnesota K-12 Tax Benefits

For parents, it’s almost time to start back-to-school shopping. Most school supplies could qualify for valuable K-12 tax benefits on your 2018 Minnesota income tax returns. Do not forget to save your school supply receipts.

“Each year, parents invest in their children’s education by purchasing school supplies,” said Revenue Commissioner Cynthia Bauerly. “Keeping the receipts for these purchases can help parents save when it comes time to file taxes.”

What K-12 tax benefits does Minnesota offer?

Two Minnesota tax benefits help families pay their child’s education expenses: the refundable K-12 Education Credit (income limits apply) and the K-12 Education Subtraction (no income limits).  Both benefits reduce your state tax and could provide you with a larger refund when filing a 2018 Minnesota income tax return.

Who qualifies for these tax benefits?

To qualify, your must have purchased educational services or required materials in 2018 to assist with your child’s education. The child must also be attending kindergarten through 12th grade at a public, private, or home school. Other requirements apply for the credit and subtraction.

  • K-12 Education Credit: Your  household income must be below a certain level to qualify for the credit. If you qualify for the credit but do not need to file an income tax return, you should file a return to claim a refund.
Number of qualifying children in K-12 Household income must be less than
1 or 2 $37,500
3 $39,500
4 or more Add $2,000 for each additional child


  • K-12 Education Subtraction: Most of you qualify for the education subtraction because there are no income limits.

What educational expenses qualify? 

Generally, most expenses paid for educational instruction or materials qualify, including:

  • Paper
  • Pens and notebooks
  • Textbooks
  • Rental or purchases of educational equipment, including musical instruments
  • Computer hardware and educational software (up to $200 for the subtraction and credit)
  • After-school tutoring and educational summer camps taught by a qualified instructor

Save tyour receipts to claim the credit or subtraction.

Last year, more than 37,500 families received the K-12 Education Credit, saving them an average of $241. Over 186,000 families received the K-12 Education Subtraction.

To learn more about the K-12 Education Credit, see the video on how the credit works.

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