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Uni fees - Claiming in tax return

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I paid my uni fees via HECS. It is a bachelors degree and directly related to my current role. On the assumption that I meet all the criteria to be eligible for a deduction, can I claim the uni fees in my tax return even though it’s paid through HECS? Or do you have to pay for it upfront outside of HECS to claim a deduction?
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Taxicorn

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Hecs-Help fees are not an allowable deduction for self-education as they are being compensated for you.

 

Fee-Help fees, however, are a deduction for self-education.

 

https://www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Income-and-deductions/In-detail/Education-and-study/

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Devotee

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You can still claim the cost of your uni fee's so long as you meet the work related expenses criteria as you say. Doesn't matter if you have a HECS debt

Devotee

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It is my understanding that "tuition fees paid to an education provider by you or the Australian Government under HECS-HELP" are not an allowable tax deduction.

 

See ATO's page on Education and study under "Specific expenses you can't claim"

 

 

Devotee

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Taxicorn

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Hecs-Help fees are not an allowable deduction for self-education as they are being compensated for you.

 

Fee-Help fees, however, are a deduction for self-education.

 

https://www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Income-and-deductions/In-detail/Education-and-study/