Education Expense Credit

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You may figure a credit for qualified education expenses, in excess of $250, you paid during the tax year if

  • you were the parent or legal guardian of a full-time student who was under the age of 21 at the close of the school year,
  • you and your student were Illinois residents when you paid the expenses, and
  • your student attended kindergarten through twelfth grade at a public or nonpublic school in Illinois during the tax year.

For tax years ending on after December 31, 2017, the K-12 Education Expense Credit is not allowed if a taxpayer’s federal Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) exceeds $500,000 for returns with a federal filing status of married filing jointly, or $250,000 for all other returns.

You must complete Step 2, Section B of Schedule ICR, including the K-12 Education Expense Credit Worksheet to claim this credit.

For more information, please see:
Schedule ICR, Illinois Credits
Publication 119 - Education Expense Credit - General Rules and Requirements for Home Schools
Publication 132 - Education Expense Credit General Rules and Requirements for Parents and Guardians