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Claiming education expenses for dependent spouse

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In FY2018-19, my semi-retired wife returned to Uni, and was/is studying for a higher degree in her profession (healthcare). So there are associated costs of tuition, textbooks, etc. During FY2018-19, she had no income: no work income, no super payments, no pension. She was/is totally dependent on me, and I paid all costs. My two questions are about how and who can claim deductions for her education expenses:

1)  As she had no income, it doesn't appear that she can claim any deductions for self-education. Is this correct or am I missing something? Or can she claim a credit now for future use if/when she returns to work?

2) As I paid for everything, and she was effectively my dependent, can I claim any deductions for her education expenses?

Thanks for any advice you can provide.

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@DredWine 

 

(1) Yes, correct she can not claim anything now or later.

 

(2) No, because you didn't incur them for a work-related purpose.

 

https://www.ato.gov.au/uploadedFiles/Content/IND/Downloads/self-education-expenses.pdf

 

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Taxicorn

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@DredWine 

 

(1) Yes, correct she can not claim anything now or later.

 

(2) No, because you didn't incur them for a work-related purpose.

 

https://www.ato.gov.au/uploadedFiles/Content/IND/Downloads/self-education-expenses.pdf