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Can I deduct the cost of my child's private pre-kindergarten school tuition?

No. However, you might qualify for the child and dependent care credit.

To claim the child and dependent care credit:

  • The child must be:
    • Your qualifying child
    • Under age 13 or disabled at the time services were provided
  • You (and your spouse, if married) must:
    • Have net earned income from employment
    • Be a full-time student or unable to care for yourself during the time of the care

You can use your expenses for early childhood education to figure the child and dependent care credit. Preschool tuition fees would qualify.

However, expenses you paid for a child to attend kindergarten or a higher grade aren't care expenses. So, you can’t claim a credit for those school expenses.

The credit is also limited to:

  • $3,000 for one qualifying person
  • $6,000 for two or more qualifying persons

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