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RELEASE: Save your back-to-school receipts to receive tax benefits

Monday, August 27, 2018

SAVAGE, MN – The cost of purchasing back-to-school supplies can quickly add up for families and Rep. Drew Christensen, R-Savage, urges people to save receipts and take advantage of tax benefits that can provide some relief.

Minnesota has both a credit and a subtraction for education expenses. Both programs reduce the tax parents pay and could provide a larger refund when filing state income tax returns for 2018. Qualifications apply and expenses must be for children attending kindergarten through 12th grade at a public, private, or home school.

“Back-to-school shopping can get expensive and I know how important it is for families to save wherever possible. Keeping receipts from back-to-school shopping can help families come tax season to get larger refunds,” said Rep. Christensen. “Please don’t hesitate to contact my office if you have questions about these tax benefits. Save your receipts!”

School supplies which qualify for the credit or subtraction include writing utensils, textbooks, musical instrument rentals, tutoring and computer hardware/educational software. Common items that do not qualify for the subtraction or credit include school lunches, uniforms, and backpacks. 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. The Department of Revenue indicates that last year more than 37,500 families took advantage of the education credit, saving an average of $241. More than 186,000 families took advantage of the education subtraction.

In addition to visiting the Department of Revenue’s website, Christensen encourages constituents who have questions about the credit or subtraction to contact his office at 651.296.4212 or