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Are tuition payments tax deductible?

Yes, school fees paid by parents for attending a private school located in the EU/EEA area are eligible as special expenses. In addition, the school must lead to a qualification that is recognised by a domestic ministry of a Land, the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder (Kultusministerkonferenz) or a domestic certificate recognition body or represents a qualification equivalent to a public school. It is irrelevant whether the qualification is a general or vocational school or vocational qualification. The deduction is limited to 30 % of the fees for attending the school, up to a maximum of € 5,000 per child, with the exception of fees for accommodation, care and meals.

For school fees paid in connection with educational measures, the pupil may be eligible for a deduction as income-related expenses or special expenses.

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