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Job-related education expenses
If you're an employee, you can deduct the cost of education that:
You can't deduct education expenses if the course:
To deduct these, itemize deductions on Schedule A. Your deductions must be more than the 2% of adjusted gross income (AGI) threshold for miscellaneous deductions.
Your job-related education expenses might also qualify you for other tax benefits like these:
Also, these expenses might qualify you to claim more than one tax benefit. If you use different expenses to figure each benefit, you can usually claim as many benefits as you want.
Education expenses and self-employment
If you're self-employed, you can deduct the cost of education for your trade or business on Schedule C. You must be able to prove that the course:
You can't deduct education expenses you incur:
This is true even if the education maintains or improves skills currently required in your business.
You can deduct:
You can't deduct:
Many deductible job-related education expenses might qualify for other education credits or deductions. These include:
Look at the tax savings of each method to maximize the benefit on your return.
To learn more about education expenses, see these at www.irs.gov: