In most cases, tutoring expenses are not a federal tax deductible item. There is an exception to this, for special education tutoring. Parents of children with learning disabilities such as dyslexia or ADHD may deduct tutoring expenses for their special needs child from their federal income tax, according to the IRS. If the child has a medically diagnosed learning disability, specialized tutoring is considered a medical expense if recommended by a doctor, and may be deductible if your total medical expenses exceed 10 percent of your adjusted gross income.
Some states allow tax deductions for K-12 education and/or homeschooling expenses. Check your individual state regulations to see if your tutoring expenses may fall into the category of a deductible expense on your state return.
Other Help for Tutoring Expenses
- Many school districts have programs that assist with tutoring expenses for disadvantaged or low-income students. Contact your school’s financial aid office to see if they can connect you with financial aid resources for students in K-12. If your school doesn’t have a financial aid office, the school counseling office may be a good resource, or your school district administrator’s office can guide you.
- The federal government has approved coronavirus relief money to fund “microgrants” for parents to use to hire tutors or teachers.
- Some non-profits are funding tutoring programs for students who can’t afford private tutoring otherwise.
- Some states provide vouchers that can help pay for private education.
Is Private Tutoring Worth the Cost?
One thing most everyone can agree on is that education has suffered a huge setback in 2020 due to the COVID-19 quarantines and subsequent shutdown of schools and regular school programs as we knew them. Here are just a few reports:
Covid 19 is Widening the Education Gap – World Economic Forum
Helping Students and Educators Recover From COVID-19 Trauma – National Education Association
The COVID-19 Learning Cliff – Axios
Private tutoring is not a free service, and as such is not the solution for every child. However, many parents are rearranging budgets and prioritizing tutoring as a necessary expense instead of a luxury. For many parents who have found themselves in the role of teacher/tutor/learning coach, being able to hire a private tutor for their child not only helps the child catch up and keep up with grade-level schoolwork, but it also takes the burden off of the parent who may be juggling a lot right now. Lots of parents are either working from home full-time or part-time, and are trying to supervise their children and keep their household going all at the same time. For them, even a few hours a week of professional academic help for their kids is a huge relief.
How Tutoring Helps
The Hechinger Report, a national non-profit reporting exclusively on education, recently published an in-depth look at how tutoring is helping students right now: The Simple Intervention that Could Lift Kids Out of the “Covid slide”. They report that “tutoring is more effective than other measures” and the challenge is to expand it to support more kids. Individualized tutoring gives a child the one-on-one attention they can’t get in the classroom or doing virtual school. The results are impressive.
TutorUp Tutoring Services
TutorUp is committed to providing the highest-quality tutoring services at a reasonable cost, while paying our teacher/tutors a rate that their professionalism deserves. All of our tutors are certified, background-checked, experienced teachers who are professionals devoted to helping children succeed academically, one child at a time.
Whether your child needs help keeping up with the daily/weekly assignments that so many schools are using instead of a typical in-person all day school experience, or they have fallen behind and need help catching up, a tutor could be the help they need.
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