School Receipts

This year, do not forget to save your school supply receipts. Most school supplies could qualify for valuable K-12 tax benefits on your 2017 Minnesota income tax return.

There are two tax benefits that help Minnesota families pay educational expenses: the refundable K-12 education credit (income limits apply) and the K-12 subtraction (no income limits). Both programs reduce the tax parents pay and could provide a larger refund when filing a 2017 Minnesota income tax return.

backtoschoolTo qualify, parents must have purchased educational services or required materials during 2017 to

assist with their child’s education. The child must also be attending kindergarten through 12th grade

at a public, private, or home school and meet other qualifications.

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

– Paper

– Pens and notebooks

– Textbooks

– Rental or purchases of educational equipment such as musical instruments

– Computer hardware and educational software

– After-school tutoring and educational summer camps taught by a qualified instructor

Taxpayers who are not required to file an income tax return but have qualifying education expenses should file in order to claim a refund for the K-12 education credit, if eligible.

Household Income for the K-12 Education Credit:

Number of qualifying children in K-12: Your household income must be less than:

1-2……………………………………………………….. $37,500

3………………………………………………………… $39,500

4 or more……………………………………………… add $2,000 for each additional child

K-12 Education Subtraction:

There are no income limits to qualify for the education subtraction. Most parents qualify for the education subtraction.

Last year, more than 43,000 families received the K-12 education credit, saving them an average of $242. Over 199,000 families received the K-12 education subtraction.

Check out our video on how the credit works.

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