Education expenses are deductible if they are to maintain or improve your job skills required in your employment OR if they are to meet the express requirements of your employer (or of a law or regulations) as a condition to retaining your salary or employment.However, they are not allowed as a deduction if they are to meet the minimum requirements of your present or intended profession OR if they will lead to qualifying you in a new trade or business.It does not matter if you stay in your current line of business or not. If you are a legal assistant and go to law school to get a degree in law, but remain employed as a legal assistant, the eduction is still not deductible. It qualifies you for a new line of business.In any case, if the expenses are deductible, you deduct them in the year they are paid (or the year you get a student loan to pay them).--Peter
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