Illinois Education Tax Credits
(Revised December 2012)

Illinois residents are entitled to a 25% credit for the cost of tuition and fees paid to Illinois schools for their children's education. The maximum credit that can be claimed on a tax return is $500, and applies to grammar school through high school education. The credit can be taken against Illinois taxes after deducting the credit for real estate taxes. If the filer has no Illinois income taxes, there is no education credit. Finally, education expenses must relate to a child being claimed as a dependent on a parent's income tax return. While the credit is aimed mainly at private school tuition, the credit does apply to public school tuition (if any) and fees as well; however, the credit does not apply to total education and fees totaling under $250. 

In certain cases, the credit can be taken for expenses of home schooling.

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