Education Tax Refund
Written on the 8 June 2011
What is it?
The Education Tax Refund (ETR) is designed to help with the cost of educating primary and secondary school children. Eligible parents, carers, legal guardians and independent students are able to claim money back on certain education expenses.
Who is Eligible?
1) Parents, Carers & Legal Guardians
You can claim the ETR if you had eligible education expenses during the financial year for a child who meets the schooling requirements, and:
You can claim the ETR even if do not get FTB Part A. Other payments which still entitle you to receive the ETR include:
2) Independent Primary or Secondary Student
You can claim the ETR if you have eligible education expenses and you:
What Can I Claim?
Eligible expenses include the cost of buying, establishing, repairing and maintaining any of the following items:
Note: school uniform expenses (uniforms purchased after 1 July 2011 will be claimable in the 2011-12 financial year
How Much can I Claim?
You can claim 50% of eligible education expenses up to the maximum amounts. For the 2010–11 financial year, the maximum amounts are:
How do I Claim ETR?
If you lodge a tax return you claim the ETR in the relevant year’s tax return. If you are not required to lodge a tax return you can claim the ETR on the Education Tax Refund for individuals 2011 claim form which is available from the ATO or Centrelink.