The Federal Member for Page, Janelle Saffin, today reminded parents to save their receipts for school expenses such as computers and text books so they can claim the education tax refund at the end of this financial year.

The Rudd Government’s new Education Tax Refund program came into effect on July 1, and will give parents and guardians of school children much-needed help with education expenses with refunds up to:

  • $375 per primary school students and
  • $750 per secondary student.

Ms Saffin said it can be an expensive exercise providing schoolkids with all the items they need for school.

“In this digital age, school expenses can include computers, software and printers, on top of the usual text books and stationery,” she said.

“We know that family expenses are stretched with petrol prices, grocery and mortgage costs, which is why the Rudd Government made a commitment during the election to help parents by introducing an Education Tax Refund.”

By keeping their receipts, eligible families will be able to claim a 50 per cent refund every year for key education expenses up to $750 for each primary school child (maximum $375 refund per child per year) and up to $1500 for each secondary school student (with maximum $750 refund per student per year).

Eligible expenses for the Education Tax Refund include:

  • Laptops
  • Home computers and associated costs
  • Home internet connections
  • Printers
  • Education software
  • Trade tools for use at school
  • School text books
  • Stationery.

The refund applies to all parents entitled to Family Tax Benefit Part A for children in primary or secondary school for the relevant financial year.

Parents will be able to claim 50 per cent of these education expenses through their tax return at the end of the financial year.

A separate form will be available at the tax office for those who are not required to complete an income tax return.