Minnesota K-12 Education Tax Subtraction and Credit
Homeschooling doesn’t have to be expensive, but keeping up with everyday incidental supplies can add up. The state of Minnesota offers some relief for these types of expenses and more through the K-12 Education Tax Subtraction and Credit.
The subtraction and/or credit is available to all families with qualifying students in grades K-12, including, but not limited to, homeschoolers. The subtraction and credit are two different things.
- The credit applies only to families whose income falls below the qualifying limit.
- The subtraction is similar to a deduction and requires no additional qualification besides having a qualifying student.
Depending on your income, you may be able to qualify for both forms of tax relief. The same expenses cannot be claimed for both the credit and subtraction. For more information, contact the Minnesota Department of Revenue.
Additional Aid to Non-Public School Students
Minnesota also offers homeschool families a reimbursement for some of the cost of purchasing qualifying educational materials. The reimbursement amounts vary from year to year, but the most commonly accessed reimbursement is for instructional materials. There is additional reimbursement available for pupil health services and guidance counseling for high school students.
Qualifying materials for the reimbursement include non-religious items such as texts, workbooks, periodicals, manipulatives, and some technology items. If you have questions about whether an item will qualify, you can find some clarification in the MN statute 123B.41 or contact your district superintendent’s office. Also, be aware that the district can later claim ownership of any item that they reimburse you for. Many people find it works best to claim items that are consumable, such as workbooks.
In order to receive the reimbursement, you must contact your district for a form called Student Report for Aids to Nonpublic Students. This is often included with the packet the district sends out yearly once you’ve registered as a homeschooler. Please note that this report may need to be filed with the superintendent of your school district by an earlier deadline than the October 1st deadline for the Letter of Intent to Homeschool. Contact your school district or superintendent’s office regarding this requirement and the deadline for paperwork.