Pittsburgh, PA asked in Education Law for Pennsylvania

Q: What are the requirements for education deductions for the state of Pennsylvania? Not a college course. Online seminar.

I am referring to an online film industry seminar that I chose to participate in.

The woman in charge says that the class can be written off for taxes entirely (and it’s expensive), but she’s from California and I’m from Pennsylvania. I have done some research after already entering the class and have found only 2 requirements for tax education deduction.

1. The class is required for an employer’s business.

2. The class is going toward a current career path and will not help to start a new occupation or career.

The film industry would be a new occupation for me. So is there any legal way I could actually write the entire class off? I guess I didn’t do as much research as I thought because I’m paying $497/month for 10months. I am only 2months in, but the 14day back guarantee has already expired. I could be saving that money for my future instead of toward a class that may not even jump start my career in the film industry.

Any advice is appreciated. Thank you

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1 Lawyer Answer
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
  • Wyomissing, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: See if they will let you out as they held it out as tax deductible and it's not. They should know better. You are paying bricks and mortar tuition for an online course. Request a termination in writing. Hard copy not just email. If they don't give it file a complaint with the consumer division of the California AG's office and also the Department of education; also the Federal Trade commission.

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