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Dick Adams

My pain management doctor asked me if there was any way he
could deduct his children's K-12 private school tuition. My
first response was "I tell you after you take the needle out
of my back." <g> Instead of telling him "It depends", I told
him "Generally, no", but I would back to him.

Are there any situations for which K-12 private school
tuition would be deductible? He lives in Baltimore City so
he could argue the schools are unsafe.

Since his wife is a University Professor (assume 70K), my
thought is his Schedule C deductions are close to being
phased out.

Any ideas?

Dick

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pleasedontemailme

Dick Adams said:
My pain management doctor asked me if there was any way he
could deduct his children's K-12 private school tuition. My
first response was "I tell you after you take the needle out
of my back." <g> Instead of telling him "It depends", I told
him "Generally, no", but I would back to him.

Are there any situations for which K-12 private school
tuition would be deductible? He lives in Baltimore City so
he could argue the schools are unsafe.

Since his wife is a University Professor (assume 70K), my
thought is his Schedule C deductions are close to being
phased out.

Any ideas?
For federal taxes, the short answer is no.

I work for a private university and this question comes up
quite a bit for us. Any time tuition is paid for an
individual, the transaction is fee for services. So give up
right now on trying to characterize the payment as a gift,
because it won't work and the IRS gets cranky if you try it.

For children under 12, any fees related to activites after
the normal school day may qualify for dependent care.

State credits exist in, I believe, Minnesota, Iowa and
Arizona. Many other states, including Maryland, are
considering credits. Your doctor may find that pursuing a
state tax break more profitable than trying anything iffy on
his federal return.

-Crystal

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bc

Dick Adams said:
Are there any situations for which K-12 private school
tuition would be deductible? He lives in Baltimore City so
he could argue the schools are unsafe.
I've seen them tucked under Medical Expenses when either
there is a medical component to the school (diabetes or ADHD
issues). I know some have tried to use Charitable Deductions
(religious schools) although the IRS has specifically
quashed that route.

--
Bruce Davidson Cantor, CPA, JD
Admitted in Colorado

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Mike Wellman

Dick Adams said:
My pain management doctor asked me if there was any way he
could deduct his children's K-12 private school tuition. =A0My
first response was "I tell you after you take the needle out
of my back." <g> =A0Instead of telling him "It depends", I told
him "Generally, no", but I would back to him.

Are there any situations for which K-12 private school
tuition would be deductible? =A0He lives in Baltimore City so
he could argue the schools are unsafe.

Since his wife is a University Professor (assume 70K), my
thought is his Schedule C deductions are close to being
phased out.

Any ideas?
I have had them accept private school tuition and tithing in
IRS collection cases (and Offers) where either of them were
a condition of employment for a teacher, minister or church
or school employee. However, it is not deductible as far as
I know. I was on the school board for a church-run school
and I tried to convince them to allow contributions to the
church to be designated for the school. It did not fly.

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Harlan Lunsford

Dick said:
My pain management doctor asked me if there was any way he
could deduct his children's K-12 private school tuition. My
first response was "I tell you after you take the needle out
of my back." <g> Instead of telling him "It depends", I told
him "Generally, no", but I would back to him.

Are there any situations for which K-12 private school
tuition would be deductible? He lives in Baltimore City so
he could argue the schools are unsafe.
Not even the unsafe streets of Bal'mer will cut him any
slack; not Gay street; nor Loch Raven Blvd, nor Belair, or
Northpoint. If that tuition were deductible, it would also
apply here in Smiths Station, AL and Refroe GA and KY.
Since his wife is a University Professor (assume 70K), my
thought is his Schedule C deductions are close to being
phased out.

Any ideas?
Schedule C deductions being phased out? Could you explain,
please?

ChEAr$,
Harlan
(taking "pain medication" of a different type at Happy Hour.


Moderator:
Obviously the OP had some bad ice in his drink. He must
have Schedule A.

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Arthur Kamlet

Dick Adams said:
My pain management doctor asked me if there was any way he
could deduct his children's K-12 private school tuition. My
first response was "I tell you after you take the needle out
of my back." <g> Instead of telling him "It depends", I told
him "Generally, no", but I would back to him.

Are there any situations for which K-12 private school
tuition would be deductible? He lives in Baltimore City so
he could argue the schools are unsafe.

Since his wife is a University Professor (assume 70K), my
thought is his Schedule C deductions are close to being
phased out.
Generally no.

There, we agree.

If he has an ESA or such, he can use the funds in it to
pay many K-12 expenses.

If the child has a medical or mental condition that a
physician states can be alleviated or stabalized by
attendance at the school then it could be a deductible
medical expense.

If the child is employed, say as a model or tennis pro or
musician or Webpage designer, and earning good money, then
payments for courses to maintain or improve skills could be
argued to be 2% employee business expenses on child's
return.

Hey, I'm trying to be creative here :^)

--

ArtKamlet at a o l dot c o m Columbus OH K2PZH

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