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9. Religious instruction tax deduction

Schools that are registered charities, such as some Christian schools, can issue tax receipts for a portion of the tuition fee covering religious instruction. Mark Kennedy, spokesperson for the Association of Christian Schools International, says 15 to 25 percent of the tuition fee is usually eligible. Secular schools may also qualify if they devote time to religious studies. Check with your accountant or the Canada Revenue Agency.

10. Medical expense tax credit

Private school tuition for students with special needs may be eligible for a medical expense tax credit. Special needs can involve either physical or mental challenges that impair a child's ability to learn. The private school must have expertise in accommodating and addressing the student's unique needs. To qualify, a medical practitioner must certify that the equipment, facilities or personnel provided by the school are required because of the student's mental or physical needs. This tax credit involves a complex calculation. For specific details, it's best to consult a tax expert or the Canada Revenue Agency.

Give credit where it's due

Did you know that scholarships and bursaries for elementary or secondary private schools are exempt from income tax? This tax credit, which has been part of Canada's federal budget since March 2007, presents a wealth of opportunities for families who may have thought that private school was previously out of reach.

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