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  1. Child Tax Credit
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About IRS Publication 970: Tax Benefits for Education

Updated: January 17, 2023

Publication 970 from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) provides information on the tax benefits available for education. This includes information on the American Opportunity Tax Credit, the Lifetime Learning Credit, and tuition and fees deductions. The publication also covers education saving plans, such as Coverdell accounts and 529 plans, student loan interest deduction, student loan cancellations and repayment assistance, qualified tuition programs (QTP), and business deduction for work-related education.

If you’re a student or the parent of a student, you’re probably well aware of the ever-increasing cost of higher education. Fortunately, the federal government offers a number of tax benefits. These benefits can help to offset the cost of tuition, books, and other necessary expenses. IRS Publication 970, “Tax Benefits for Education,” provides an overview of the various tax benefits that are available. These benefits can be extremely valuable, so it’s important to understand how they work. 

The first benefit is the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC), which can be worth up to $2,500 per year for qualifying taxpayers. This credit is available for the first 4 years of post-secondary education and can be used for tuition, fees, and other expenses. 40% of the credit may be refundable; the rest is non refundable. 

Another valuable benefit is the Lifetime Learning Credit (LLC), which can be worth up to $2,000 per year and is non refundable. This credit is available for any level of post-secondary education and can also be used for tuition, fees, and other expenses— keep in mind that amounts paid for room and board, transportation, and living expenses don’t qualify. 

Both credits help offset the costs of higher education by reducing the amount of income tax you owe. There are also several tax deductions and credits available for student loan interest. These benefits can help make repaying your loans a bit easier. 

Finally, if you’re saving for college using a qualified tuition program, you may be able to get a tax deduction or credit for your contributions. All of these tax benefits can help make higher education more affordable. Be sure to consult IRS Publication 970 to see if you qualify.

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    KEY TAKEAWAYS

    • Students can use the tax benefits and credits to pay for their own education or to save for it. Education credits can also be taken for other eligible students, such as a spouse or dependents claimed on your tax return.
    • Only higher education institutions—colleges, universities, conservatories, or postgraduate programs—are eligible for the majority of the tax benefits and credits listed in Publication 970.
    • Education credits and student loan interest deductions are based on modified adjusted gross income (MAGI). Credits are subject to phase out.

    What Is IRS Publication 970?

    IRS Publication 970 is a comprehensive guide to federal tax benefits that are available to taxpayers pursuing higher education. 

    The publication provides information on how to claim the AOTC, LLC, student loan interest deduction. It also includes information on other education-related tax benefits, such as the exclusion from income for scholarships and fellowships, and the deductions for tuition and fees. 

    The AOTC is one of the most valuable tax benefits available to taxpayers pursuing higher education. The credit can be worth up to $2,500 per eligible student and is based on the same student’s expenses for no more than 4 tax years. The Lifetime Learning Credit is another valuable tax benefit that can be worth up to $2,000 per taxpayer. 

    This credit is available for taxpayers who are pursuing post-secondary education beyond their first 4 years. There is no limit on the number of years for which the credit can be claimed based on the same student’s expenses. It’s also worth mentioning that you cannot claim both the AOTC and LLC in the same tax year; you may elect only one of the credits.

    The student loan interest deduction is available to taxpayers who are repaying student loans. This deduction can reduce your taxable income by up to $2,500. There are many other tax benefits available to taxpayers pursuing higher education. 

    These benefits can help offset the cost of tuition and other expenses associated with pursuing higher education. Qualified education expenses include tuition, enrollment fees, required textbooks, and equipment (e.g. a laptop for online courses). If you are considering pursuing higher education, be sure to review IRS Publication 970. This will help you to see if you may be eligible for any of these valuable tax benefits.

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    What Are the Eligibility Criteria for IRS Publication 970?

    In order to take advantage of the tax benefits for education outlined in IRS Publication 970, you must meet certain eligibility criteria:

    1. You must be enrolled in an eligible educational institution. This includes most colleges, universities, and vocational schools. 
    2. You must be pursuing a degree or other recognized credential at the eligible institution.
    3. You must be enrolled at least half-time in order to qualify for the education tax credits. 
    4. You must not have been convicted of a felony drug offence in order to receive the benefits. 

    If you meet all of the eligibility criteria, you can claim the tax benefits for education outlined in Publication 970. These benefits can help you pay for your tuition, fees, books, and other educational expenses. They can also help you repay your student loans.

    What Are the Tax Benefits for Education?

    The biggest tax benefit is the American Opportunity Tax Credit, which can save you up to $2,500 on your taxes. Other benefits include the Lifetime Learning Credit and the tuition and fees deduction. 

    If you are paying for college, you may be able to claim one of these education tax benefits. The AOTC is worth up to $2,500 per student per year. To claim the credit, you must be paying for tuition and other qualified expenses for yourself, your spouse, or a dependent. The credit is available for the first 4 years of college. 

    The LLC is worth up to $2,000 per year. You can claim the credit for yourself, your spouse, or a dependent. The credit is available for any level of education, including graduate school. 

    The tuition and fees deduction allows you to deduct up to $4,000 from your taxes. To qualify, you must be paying for tuition and fees for yourself, your spouse, or a dependent. The deduction is available for both undergraduate and graduate level education. 

    If you are looking for ways to save on taxes, taking advantage of education tax benefits can help. These benefits can save you money on your taxes and make it easier to pay for college.

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    What Are the Tax Credits for Higher Education Expenses?

    The cost of a post-secondary education is expensive, and the IRS offers a few tax credits to help offset the cost. The American Opportunity Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning Credit are two popular tax credits. Specifically for higher education expenses. 

    The AOTC is worth up to $2,500 per eligible student. To qualify, you must be enrolled in at least half-time coursework at an eligible institution, and you cannot have completed more than 4 years of post-secondary education. 

    The LLC is worth up to $2,000 per tax return. There is no limit on the number of years you can claim the credit, but you must be enrolled in at least 1 eligible course. To claim either credit, you must file your taxes and attach Form 8863.

    Be sure to keep all of your receipts and documentation from your educational expenses. The IRS Publication 970 provides detailed information on both of these credits and can help you determine if you are eligible to claim either one.

    The tax benefits can also help you pay for room and board while you are attending school. If you are attending school on a part-time basis, the tax benefits can help you pay for your educational expenses.

    Summary

    In conclusion, IRS Publication 970 provides information on tax benefits for education that can help offset the costs of higher education. There are a number of tax credits available for eligible expenses, and the criteria for eligibility are relatively straightforward. With the help of Publication 970, taxpayers can save money on their taxes while still getting the education they need.

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    FAQs on IRS Publication 970

    What Is Publication 970 Tax Benefits for Education?

    Tax credits and education-related deductions for those who are saving for or paying for their own or their family members’ school fees are described in Publication 970.

    Is It Better to Not Claim College Student as Dependent?

    It is typically preferable to claim a student as a financial dependent rather than the student claiming a deduction for themselves if you meet the requirements to do so. Due to their age and more established occupations, parents often earn more money.

    Can I Claim My Child’s College Tuition?

    If your student is enrolled in their first four years of college, you may be able to claim the American Opportunity Tax Credit of up to $2,500.

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