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Last updated 10:55 AM on 15 September 2011

You may be eligible to 50% back for your child's education expenses.

The Federal government recently introduced the Education Tax Refund whereby parents can claim eligible education expenses for their child's primary and secondary education during the income year 1 July 2008 - 30 June 2009.

You can claim an education tax refund of up to 50% of those expenses if any of the following apply:

you received family tax benefit (FTB) Part A for your child

a payment was made for your child that stopped you from receiving FTB Part A

the child stopped full-time school during the year and received income over the cut-out amount, which stopped you from receiving FTB Part A.

You can claim the cost of buying, establishing, repairing and running any of the following items:

  • laptop computers and home computers
  • computer-related equipment such as printers, USB flash drives, as well as disability aids to assist in the use of computer equipment for students with special needs
  • home internet connections
  • computer software for educational use including word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation software; and internet filters and antivirus software
  • school textbooks and other paper based school learning material, including prescribed textbooks, associated learning materials, study guides and stationery
  • prescribed trade tools.

You can find out more at www.ato.gov.au