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Back-To-School – Time To Check Your Eligibility for Education Tax Credits

by Matthew Person on August 24, 2015

Back-to-School

With another school underway, now is a good time to see if you will qualify for either of two college tax credits or other education-related tax benefits when you file your 2015 federal income tax return.

In general, the American Opportunity Tax Credit or Lifetime Learning Credit is available to taxpayers who pay qualifying expenses for an eligible student. Eligible students include the taxpayer, spouse and dependents. The American Opportunity Tax Credit provides a credit for each eligible student, while the Lifetime Learning Credit provides a maximum credit per tax return.

Though a taxpayer often qualifies for both of these credits, he or she can only claim one of them for a particular student in a particular year. To claim these credits on their tax return, the taxpayer must file Form 1040 or 1040A and complete Form 8863, Education Credits.

The credits apply to eligible students enrolled in an eligible college, university or vocational school, including both nonprofit and for-profit institutions. The credits are subject to income limits that could reduce the amount claimed on their tax return. You can find more information about Education Tax Credits on the IRS site. If you are not sure which credits you qualify for or how to ensure you are maximizing the amount of credits you can take, we can help. Contact us today!

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