When deciding if tutoring is right for you, the question of cost will inevitably arise. We have previously outlined how much a tutor costs, and saving money on that amount would be great. Through Tutoring…With a Twist*, it’s possible to earn free tutoring with our referral program. On top of that, your tutoring might even be tax-deductible!
Disclaimer: This article is not intended to serve as legal or tax advice. The contents of this article are for general information only and should not be interpreted as instructional.
Tutoring is Tax-Deductible… Sort of
Once upon a time, tutoring was tax-deductible in Canada. But as the government changed over the years, so too did governmental policies. As a result, tutoring is now tax-deductible for certain people who meet certain requirements.
How Do You Qualify for Tax-Deductible Tutoring?
When filing your tax return in Canada, tutoring falls under medical expenses. Since tutoring is not necessarily a medical expense for everyone, not everyone qualifies for tax-deductible tutoring.
To claim tutoring as a medical expense on a Canadian tax return, the person receiving tutoring must have a diagnosed learning disability or other mental impairment. In addition, a medical professional must provide written proof that tutoring is medically necessary to treat the disability.
Which Learning Disabilities Render Your Tutoring Tax-Deductible?
Learning disabilities and mental impairments each come with their own challenges, and one might argue that all learning disabilities should fall into the tax-deductible category. Unfortunately, some disabilities might not qualify.
Dyslexia is a common learning disability that leads students to seek the help of a tutor. While dyslexia makes learning difficult, it usually isn’t enough to qualify for tax-deductible tutoring. However, if you can prove that dyslexia “markedly restricts mental functions necessary for everyday life” (Government of Canada) and receive written consent from a medical professional, tutoring will be tax-deductible.
The same goes for other learning disabilities such as dyscalculia, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and conditions on the autism spectrum. If a medical professional agrees that the disability meets the government’s criteria, tutoring will be tax-deductible.
Other Forms of Funding
If your tutoring isn’t tax-deductible at the federal level, don’t fret! There might be provincial funding options depending on where you live and which disability your child has.
In British Columbia, children on the autism spectrum are eligible for funding that can be put toward tutoring. Up to $6,000 is available every year for educational purposes and other services. Other provinces might have similar programs, so do some research to see what is available in your area.
We’re Here for You
At Tutoring…With a Twist*, we’re invested in our twisted families. We care deeply about the success of our students, and we’re prepared to help you on your journey through life, no matter what that journey looks like. If you have any questions regarding funding or absolutely anything else, feel free to contact us. We’d love to hear from you!
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