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Education Tax Refund

The Education Tax Refund lets parents who are eligible to receive the Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A for their child claim a 50% tax refund on eligible education expenses incurred during the year.


The total eligible education expenses are capped at $750 for primary school children and $1,500 for secondary school children. Qualifying expenses include laptop computers, home computers and associated costs including repair and running costs of computer equipment, printers and USB flash drives, home internet connections, computer software for educational use, school textbooks and other paper based school learning material and prescribed trade tools. Examples of education expenses not eligible for the rebate include school fees, school uniform expenses, school-based extracurricular activities, musical instruments, sporting equipment, computer games and consoles.

The education tax refund is a fully refundable tax offset that will be paid as part of your tax return.


Education Tax Refund


If you are not required to lodge a tax return, you will need to lodge a 2010 Education Tax Refund Claim. If your expenses exceed your refund limit for the year, the excess will be carried forward to your following year's refund claim, as long as you remain eligible. Expenses must be incurred by the child's parents to be eligible. For example, expenses paid by grandparents are not eligible and grandparents cannot claim the expense either. It is most important that you keep receipts as part of your normal record keeping as the Australian Taxation Office may ask you to substantiate your claim.