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Monday, August 14, 2017


ST. PAUL – With back-to-school shopping in full swing, Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Acton Township, is reminding Minnesota parents about tax benefits for their 2017 Minnesota tax return for many school supplies. Minnesota has both a credit and a subtraction for education expenses.

The Minnesota Department of Revenue has reminded families interested in claiming these tax benefits to save all receipts related to school supplies.

“The cost of school supplies can really add up for families, but this is a helpful way people can defray the cost,” Urdahl said. “The important thing is to save your receipts now and file them away someplace where they will be handy next tax season. I hope people take advantage of these opportunities to help maximize their tax returns.”

Most school supplies qualify for the credit or subtraction, including writing utensils, textbooks, and musical instrument rentals. Common items that do not qualify for the subtraction or credit include school lunches, uniforms, backpacks, and more. Parents are encouraged to check the Department of Revenue website to determine which expenses qualify.

While the education subtraction is not subject to income limits, the credit is limited to households with incomes less than $37,500 for families with one to two children, $39,500 for families with three children, and adding $2,000 per child for families with four or more children. According to the Department of Revenue, more than 43,000 families took advantage of the education credit saving an average of $242. In all, nearly 200,000 families took advantage of the education subtraction.

Full details about the Education Subtraction and Credit can be found on the Department of Revenue’s website: Urdahl encourages constituents who have questions about the credit or subtraction to contact their office at or by calling (651) 296-4344.