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May 5th, 2011, 11:04 AM
sarah1up's Avatar Member
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Does anyone keep track of their educational expenses for tax write offs? We were going to ask our accountant about it next year since Jet is still just in pre-k, but I was wondering if anyone else did. I started thinking about all the things we did like trips, lessons, passes, and books could all be tax write offs if it was allowed. My husband got really excited and started thinking about bigger things, like making vacations educational (and I'll admit he started talking about what a great learning tool a boat would be ).
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May 5th, 2011, 12:02 PM
Butter's Avatar Heather the Mama Duk
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No, because you cannot write off educational expenses if you homeschool. It's not allowed.

~Heather, wife to Jamie (15 years; June 5, 1998) and mom to
Ani - 14 (February 15, 2000), Cameron - 12 (October 3, 2001),
Fritz - 7 (July 11, 2006), and Adrian - 5 (June 19, 2008)
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May 5th, 2011, 12:07 PM
Frackel's Avatar DOh!
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Rofl, not really.

I keep expense at a very minimum every single day anyway so it wouldn't be much of a write off anyway. I simply don't spend enough on most things, even added up, for it to make much difference. Our "educational trips" is more like a walk, or a visit to a park not far from here. We don't take vacations. Unless they start letting me write off groceries and trips to the grocery store/doctor, it won't matter.

But if I fell in a higher tax bracket it might make more of a difference. I don't, so it doesn't. I'm not all that meticulous about write offs in general. I was a bit more when I had a business though. I mean actual supplies, yeah I keep track of them. Not necessarily for tax reasons, but budgeting. But again, I keep *all expense at bare minimum whenever possible so I likely don't spend nearly as much as others might. Our curriculum is free, and not a write off. We get a stipend at the end of every semester towards internet bill from K12, so even that wouldn't be much of a write off.

I know someone who is very meticulous with her write offs and does whatever she can to get one, wherever she can. She's getting audited this year and I can't help but think perhaps if she didn't try to get *every little thing* to count, she might not be having this problem. (even she thinks this and has decided to lay off a little on that in the future, lol)
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May 5th, 2011, 12:24 PM
BensMom's Avatar Ephesians 4:29
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There are only a few instances where you can use homeschool expenses on your taxes (certain states, using their approved curricula, etc.). I think Alaska is one, because it's so hard for kids in remote places to get to school. There's a ton of homeschoolers there. In general, no, it can't be done.
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May 5th, 2011, 04:50 PM
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Cool, thanks for the info!
Mom to Jet (Aug 07) and PJ (due June 6th).
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May 9th, 2011, 08:41 PM
in_mommy's Avatar I am just me
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Nope, cant do it here.
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