"Dear Tax Guide,
"We sent our daughter to a private elementary school Is there anyway the tution we paid is tax deductible?"
The short answer to your question is, "No." Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. But here's a little more information, just so you know.
Education Expenses are tax-deductible, but only for college tuition and fees. This would include community colleges, universities, trade or vocational schools, and other accredited education programs following high school. There are various tax breaks for education expenses, such as the tuition and fees deduction and the Lifetime Learning and Hope tax credits. But these tax breaks are not available for elementary and high school tuition.
Charitible Contributions are tax-deductible if you itemize your deductions on Schedule A. Charitable contributions are cash you gave to churchs, nonprofits, and other bona fide charities without getting anything in return. If you did get something in return, you must decrease the value of your gift by the value of the item or service received. For example, people often buy tickets to a charity ball, concert, or other event. If you gave $100 for a ticket to an event worth $25, then the real value of your donation is $75, not the full $100. You received something in exchange for your donation. You paid tuition, and in exchange your daughter received an education. This would not meet the definition of a charitable donation, and so you cannot deduct this on your Schedule A. This particular situation is mentioned by the IRS in Publication 526, in the section concerning Charitable Contributions From Which You Benefit.
I hope this clarifies matters for you.
Best wishes this filing season,