Can I Deduct my Homeschool Expenses From my Taxes?

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I get asked this question a lot this time of year, “Can I deduct my homeschool expenses from my taxes?”  A tax-law change the last few years allowing teachers to deduct expenses has caused even more confusion.

The short answer to the questions is, “no.”  Here’s an explanation from the Homeschool CPA:

The IRS guidelines say to be an eligible educator:

“You work at least 900 hours a school year in a school that provides elementary or secondary education, as determined under state law.”

To work means to get paid for your work as a teacher-employee. Homeschool parents are not employees of a school. We do not get paid; we do not get a W-2. The IRS will check for a W-2 from a school if a taxpayer takes the Educator Expense deduction. Homeschoolers would not have a W-2 from a school, even if your state classifies your homeschool as a private school.

Keep in mind that the tax-law changes from year to year.  Just because you are not able to deduct your homeschool expenses at this time doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to sometime in the future.


3 thoughts on “Can I Deduct my Homeschool Expenses From my Taxes?

  1. Carol

    Lori, Thanks for posting this and helping homeschool families know what they can and cannot deduct on the tax returns.

    I’ll keep readers informed if any tax breaks for homeschooling expenses come up in the future (But I’m not holding ny breath!)

    Carol Topp, CPA


    1. From reading the post on your son’s blog, it sounds like you are advertising your business on his blog and then taking that as an advertising expense against your business. Am I right?


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