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Can I claim the K-12 education expense credit for a child that I do not claim as a dependent on my tax return?

Answer #33 -- ( Published 07/29/2005 11:35 AM | Updated 07/12/2017 10:41 AM )

Can I claim the K-12 education expense credit for a child that I do not claim as a dependent on my tax return?

Yes, if you are the parent or legal guardian of an eligible student and you paid qualifying educational expenses in excess of $250 to a public or nonpublic school in Illinois. However, if your child's other parent or legal guardian files a separate return and claims the K-12 education expense credit, you may not both claim a credit for the same expenses and the total amount of credit claimed between both parents or guardians may not exceed $500.

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