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State Programs Help Pay Education Expenses

Parents should be aware of state programs that help pay for education expenses – the Minnesota K‑12 Education Subtraction and the K-12 Education Credit.   

These benefits can reduce parents’ taxes and increase their refund, but only if they keep their receipts.

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.

Most Minnesota parents qualify for the K-12 subtraction, which reduces their taxable income. Parents under certain income limits may also qualify for the K-12 credit, which can refund up to 75% of their costs – even for parents who don’t owe any taxes.

Please visit the Minnesota Department of Revenue website at www.revenue.state.mn.us for more information.