Tax Write Offs for Certifications

JasonXJasonX Member Posts: 96 ■■□□□□□□□□
Hi All,

I tried searching and received various answers. However, would we be able to writeoff the costs for exams and affiliated training (ie Bootcamps)?

I'm looking at what I have spent this year, and the additional exams I want to take, and it'd be nice to reduce my taxable income.
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  • dave330idave330i Member Posts: 2,091 ■■■■■■■■■■
    It depends on your AGI. Higher your AGI, more money you need to spend on book/hardware/training, etc.
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  • JasonXJasonX Member Posts: 96 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Never heard this one before... so your education deductions are capped dependent on income?
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  • RouteThisWayRouteThisWay Member Posts: 514
    See if this helps:

    Publication 970 (2011), Tax Benefits for Education

    I am by no means a tax expert though :)
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  • paul78paul78 Member Posts: 3,016 ■■■■■■■■■■
    Certifications usually are not tax deductable. You may want to consult with a qualified tax accountant which I am not icon_wink.gif
  • IristheangelIristheangel CCIEx2 (Sec + DC), CCNP RS, CCNA V/S/R/DC, CISSP, CEH, MCSE 2003, A+/L+/N+/S+, and a lot more from m Pasadena, CAMod Posts: 4,133 Mod
    I contract and consult on the side so I write off technological expenses, certifications, books, study materials, etc as business expenses. Of course any income that I make on the side stuff I have to pay taxes on but in the end, I usually save tons of money
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  • ptilsenptilsen Member Posts: 2,835 ■■■■■■■■■■
    I believe they can be claimed as a business expense as Iris mentioned. I would consult a qualified accountant on that, though, as it might not be universally applicable to those of us who do side work.

    Certifications cannot be used as educational write-offs unless they are part of an actual program from an actual educational institution (as described in Publication 970, which RTW linked). If a school required you to take and pay for a certification as part of a degree program, that would qualify.
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