The final version of the GOP tax bill that passed last month rewrites the tax code in many ways, eliminating deductions and adding new benefits. Some of these new provisions affect those paying for college. The final version of the GOP tax bill that passed last month rewrites the tax code in many ways, eliminating deductions and adding new benefits. Some of these new provisions affect those paying for college. Read More
If you’re a college student (or the parent of one), you should know about some key tax breaks that are available to you when you do your taxes.
There are two tax credits for higher education. They’re targeted at different types of students, so it pays to know the differences. Read More
In writing a summary of a recent Tax Court summary opinion, I realized that a 2015 law change may cause problems for some students trying to claim the American Opportunity Tax Credit (Section 25A), Lifetime Learning Credit (Sec. 25A) or Section 222 above the line tuition deduction starting in 2016. A 2015 law changes requires an individual to have received a Form 1098-T from the university in order to claim the tax benefit. Read More
Going to college, and figuring out how to pay for it, can be stressful for students and parents. In recent years, Congress has provided a variety of tax incentives to help defray the cost of education. Some require long-term planning to become beneficial, while others provide current tax deductions or credits. The benefits may even cover vocational schools.
If your child is below college age, there are tax-advantaged plans that allow you to save for the cost of college. Although providing no tax benefit for contributions to the plans, they do provide tax-free accumulation; so the earlier they are established, the more you benefit from them. Read More
The lifetime learning credit is another valuable educational tax credit that can be claimed to offset college expenses. You can claim the lifetime learning credit for qualified tuition and related expenses paid for yourself, your spouse, and any dependent on your tax return who is enrolled at any accredited college, university, vocational school, or other accredited post-secondary educational institution. As its name implies, there is no limit for the number of years for which the lifetime learning credit can be claimed for any student.
Please note, however, that unlike the American opportunity credit:
• The lifetime learning credit is not based on the student’s workload. It is allowed for one or more courses. Read More