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We have a child in her 1st year of college studying music…

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We have a child in her 1st year of college studying music ed. What types of things can we claim for her taxes? We purchased textbooks, music lesson books, ear phones, ear plugs, a musician tune, Cork Grease for her flute, orchestra clothing and choral attire, etc. We also hired a piano accompanist for her vocal lessons that is required. She is a double major in flute and vocal. Also, can we claim travel expenses or hotel expenses we had for getting her off to college and return visits, etc.?

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I don't think so. Thank you.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
OK. Thank you.

The following are not allowed as a tuition and expense deduction for education:

orchestra clothing and choral attire, as well as travel expenses or hotel expenses we had for getting her off to college and return visits

All the others you mentioned are allowed as qualified expenses.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
OK. Thank you. Can you answer another question for me? If one is retired from one company and collecting pension, yet working full time for another company, what has to be claimed for pension received?

The full pension received is reported as income if that is what you mean.

You report the amount on the 1099R on your tax return as income.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Thank you so much, and yes I will do that.
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Is there some way I can view this conversation again to refer to your answers when doing our taxes?

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
OK. Thank you, Robin!

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
I have a few more questions regarding college expenses. Can we deduct application fees for colleges she applied to before making her decision about which college she was attending? Also, regarding supplies needed, what about correction fluid, paper clips, pens, book covers used for rental books, folders, paper, etc.? And what about postal services required for getting a book to her from home, etc.?

Even if you pay the following expenses to enroll or attend the school, the following are not qualified education expenses:

  • Room and board
  • Insurance
  • Medical expenses (including student health fees)
  • Transportation
  • Similar personal, living or family expenses
  • Postal costs
  • Application fee

The costs for correction fluid, paper clips, pens, book covers used for rental books, folders, paper, etc if required for the course not recommended but required.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
OK. Thank you again! :)

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