School expenses may be tax deduction

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 31, 2010

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana families are reminded to retain receipts as documentation for back-to-school items that might be eligible for the Louisiana School Tuition and Expense Tax Deduction.

The deduction applies to 50 percent of the cost of eligible items, up to $5,000 per student.

Eligible expenses include:

• Elementary and secondary school tuition

• Purchases of school uniforms required by the school for general day-to-day use.

• Purchases of textbooks, curricula, or other instructional materials required by the school.

• Purchases of school supplies required by the school.

• Homeschooling expenses are eligible as well.

In order to claim the deduction, you must be able to claim the student as a dependent on your Louisiana Individual Income Tax Return.

Deductions for eligible expenses paid during 2010 can be claimed on state tax returns due by May 16, 2011.

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