Deducting School Supplies? | Southern Minnesota

Q:  I heard I can deduct school supplies for my kids on my taxes, is that true?

A:  Actually, it is!  To qualify, parents must have made the purchases in 2016, and the child must be attending kindergarten through 12th grade at a public private, or home school.  Most school supplies could qualify for the K-12 tax benefit on your Minnesota Tax Return.  But you MUST keep the receipts for these purchases!  Also there is an income limitations depending on the number of children in school.  Most expenses paid for educational instruction or materials qualify, including: paper, pens, notebooks, textbook; rental or purchases of educational equipment such as musical instruments; computer hardware; educational software; after-school tutoring and educational summer camps taught by a qualified instructor.