Are School Lunches Tax-Deductible?

Are School Lunches Tax-Deductible?
School lunches may or may not be tasty, but never are tax deductible.

School Deduction Limitations

School lunches don't count because they're considered part of the normal educational experience. Likewise, tuition for kindergarten through high school doesn't qualify as a child and dependent care expense because it is primarily educational in nature. However, the costs of care outside of regular school hours may qualify, and lunches may be a part of that. If your child is enrolled in a before- or after-school program so you can work or look for work, it can count toward your child and dependent care credit. Snacks included in those costs may be deductible. In addition, a summer day camp is eligible for a child care expense deduction. Meals can be part of the camp cost, but the IRS considers them just part of the deduction.