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2006 tax return software free 1. 2006 tax return software free   Filing and Paying Business Taxes Table of Contents Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Identification NumbersNew EIN. 2006 tax return software free Employee. 2006 tax return software free Other payee. 2006 tax return software free Income TaxDo I Have To File an Income Tax Return? How Do I File? IRS e-file (Electronic Filing) When Is My Tax Return Due? How Do I Pay Income Tax? Self-Employment (SE) TaxHow to become insured under social security. 2006 tax return software free Earning credits in 2013 and 2014. 2006 tax return software free Employment Taxes Excise Taxes Information ReturnsWaiver of penalties. 2006 tax return software free Penalties. 2006 tax return software free Introduction This chapter explains the business taxes you may have to pay and the forms you may have to file. 2006 tax return software free It also discusses taxpayer identification numbers. 2006 tax return software free Table 1-1 lists the benefits of filing electronically. 2006 tax return software free Table 1-2 lists the federal taxes you may have to pay, their due dates, and the forms you use to report them. 2006 tax return software free Table 1-3 provides checklists that highlight the typical forms and schedules you may need to file if you ever go out of business. 2006 tax return software free You may want to get Publication 509, Tax Calendars. 2006 tax return software free It has 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1040 and its schedules. 2006 tax return software free   To apply for an SSN, use Form SS-5, Application for a Social Security Card. 2006 tax return software free This form is available at Social Security Administration (SSA) offices or by calling 1-800-772-1213. 2006 tax return software free It is also available from the SSA website at www. 2006 tax return software free socialsecurity. 2006 tax return software free gov. 2006 tax return software free Individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN). 2006 tax return software free   The IRS will issue an ITIN if you are a nonresident or resident alien and you do not have and are not eligible to get an SSN. 2006 tax return software free In general, if you need to obtain an ITIN, you must attach Form W-7, Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, with your signed, original, completed tax return and any other required documentation and mail them to the following address. 2006 tax return software free  Internal Revenue 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for themselves. 2006 tax return software free It is similar to the social security and Medicare taxes withheld from the pay of most wage earners. 2006 tax return software free If you earned income as a statutory employee, you do not pay SE tax on that income. 2006 tax return software free Social security coverage. 2006 tax return software free   Social security benefits are available to self-employed persons just as they are to wage earners. 2006 tax return software free Your payments of SE tax contribute to your coverage under the social security system. 2006 tax return software free Social security coverage provides you with retirement benefits, disability benefits, survivor benefits, and hospital insurance (Medicare) benefits. 2006 tax return software free By not reporting all of your self-employment income, you could cause your social security benefits to be lower when you retire. 2006 tax return software free How to become insured under social security. 2006 tax return software free   You must be insured under the social security system before you begin receiving social security benefits. 2006 tax return software free You are insured if you have the required number of credits (also called quarters of coverage), discussed next. 2006 tax return software free Earning credits in 2013 and 2014. 2006 tax return software free   For 2013, you received one credit, up to a maximum of four credits, for each $1,160 ($1,200 for 2014) of income subject to social security taxes. 2006 tax return software free Therefore, for 2013, if you had income (self-employment and wages) of $4,640 that was subject to social security taxes, you receive four credits ($4,640 ÷ $1,160). 2006 tax return software free   For an explanation of the number of credits you must have to be insured and the benefits available to you and your family under the social security program, consult your nearest Social Security Administration (SSA) office. 2006 tax return software free    Making false statements to get or to increase social security benefits may subject you to penalties. 2006 tax return software free The Social Security Administration (SSA) time limit for posting self-employment income. 2006 tax return software free   Generally, the SSA will give you credit only for self-employment income reported on a tax return filed within 3 years, 3 months, and 15 days after the tax year you earned the income. 2006 tax return software free If you file your tax return or report a change in your self-employment income after this time limit, the SSA may change its records, but only to remove or reduce the amount. 2006 tax return software free The SSA will not change its records to increase your self-employment income. 2006 tax return software free Who must pay self-employment tax. 2006 tax return software free   You must pay SE tax and file Schedule SE (Form 1040) if either of the following applies. 2006 tax return software free Your net earnings from self-employment (excluding church employee income) were $400 or more. 2006 tax return software free You had church employee income of $108. 2006 tax return software free 28 or more. 2006 tax return software free The SE tax rules apply no matter how old you are and even if you are already receiving social security or Medicare benefits. 2006 tax return software free SE tax rate. 2006 tax return software free   For 2013, the SE tax rate on net earnings is 15. 2006 tax return software free 3% (12. 2006 tax return software free 4% social security tax plus 2. 2006 tax return software free 9% Medicare tax). 2006 tax return software free Maximum earnings subject to SE tax. 2006 tax return software free   Only the first $113,700 of your combined wages, tips, and net earnings in 2013 is subject to any combination of the 12. 2006 tax return software free 4% social security part of SE tax, social security tax, or railroad retirement (tier 1) tax. 2006 tax return software free   All your combined wages, tips, and net earnings in 2013 are subject to any combination of the 2. 2006 tax return software free 9% Medicare part of SE tax, social security tax, or railroad retirement (tier 1) tax. 2006 tax return software free   If wages and tips you receive as an employee are subject to either social security or railroad retirement (tier 1) tax, or both, and total at least $113,700, do not pay the 12. 2006 tax return software free 4% social security part of the SE tax on any of your net earnings. 2006 tax return software free However, you must pay the 2. 2006 tax return software free 9% Medicare part of the SE tax on all your net earnings. 2006 tax return software free Deduct one-half of your SE tax as an adjustment to income on line 27 of Form 1040. 2006 tax return software free   More information. 2006 tax return software free   For information on methods of calculating SE tax, see Chapter 10, Self-Employment Tax. 2006 tax return software free Table 1-2. 2006 tax return software free Which Forms Must I 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Royalty payments of $10 or more. 2006 tax return software free Payments to certain crew members by operators of fishing boats. 2006 tax return software free You also use Form 1099-MISC to report your sales of $5,000 or more of consumer goods to a person for resale anywhere other than in a permanent retail establishment. 2006 tax return software free Form W-2. 2006 tax return software free   You must file Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, to report payments to your employees, such as wages, tips, and other compensation, withheld income, social security, and Medicare taxes. 2006 tax return software free You can file Form W-2 online. 2006 tax return software free For more information about Form W-2, see the General Instructions for Forms W-2 and W-3. 2006 tax return software free Penalties. 2006 tax return software free   The law provides for the following penalties if you do not file Form 1099-MISC or Form W-2 or do not correctly report the information. 2006 tax return software free For 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information returns if you correct the errors by August 1 of the year the returns are due. 2006 tax return software free (A de minimis number of returns is the greater of 10 or ½ of 1% of the total number of returns you are required to file for the year. 2006 tax return software free ) Form 8300. 2006 tax return software free   You must file Form 8300, Report of Cash Payments Over $10,000 Received in a Trade or Business, if you receive more than $10,000 in cash in one transaction, or two or more related business transactions. 2006 tax return software free Cash includes U. 2006 tax return software free S. 2006 tax return software free and foreign coin and currency. 2006 tax return software free It also includes certain monetary instruments such as cashier's and traveler's checks and money orders. 2006 tax return software free Cash does not include a check drawn on an individual's personal account (personal check). 2006 tax return software free For more information, see Publication 1544, 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year in which you sell or exchange property used in your business or in which the business use of certain section 179 or listed property drops to 50% or less. 2006 tax return software free   □ File Form 8594 with your Form 1040 if you sold your business. 2006 tax return software free Self-employment tax □ File Schedule SE with your Form 1040 for the year in which you go out of business. 2006 tax return software free Employment taxes □ File Form 941 (or Form 944) for the calendar quarter in which you make final wage payments. 2006 tax return software free Note. 2006 tax return software free Do not forget to check the box and enter the date final wages were paid on line 15 of Form 941 or line 14 of Form 944. 2006 tax return software free   □ File Form 940 for the calendar year in which final wages were paid. 2006 tax return software free Note. 2006 tax return software free Do not forget to check box d, Final: Business closed or stopped paying wages, under Type of Return. 2006 tax return 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2006 tax return software free 19. 2006 tax return software free   Education- Related Adjustments Table of Contents Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Student Loan Interest DeductionStudent Loan Interest Defined Can You Claim the Deduction How Much Can You Deduct How Do You Figure the Deduction Tuition and Fees DeductionCan You Claim the Deduction What Expenses Qualify Who Is an Eligible Student Who Can Claim a Dependent's Expenses How Much Can You Deduct Educator Expenses Introduction This chapter discusses the education-related adjustment you can deduct in figuring your adjusted gross income. 2006 tax return software free This chapter covers the student loan interest deduction, tuition and fees deduction, and the deduction for educator expenses. 2006 tax return software free Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 970 Tax Benefits for Education Student Loan Interest Deduction Generally, personal interest you pay, other than certain mortgage interest, is not deductible on your tax return. 2006 tax return software free However, if your modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) is less than $75,000 ($155,000 if filing a joint return) there is a special deduction allowed for paying interest on a student loan (also known as an education loan) used for higher education. 2006 tax return software free For most taxpayers, MAGI is the adjusted gross income as figured on their federal income tax return before subtracting any deduction for student loan interest. 2006 tax return software free This deduction can reduce the amount of your income subject to tax by up to $2,500 in 2013. 2006 tax return software free Table 19-1 summarizes the features of the student loan interest deduction. 2006 tax return software free Table 19-1. 2006 tax return software free Student Loan Interest Deduction at a Glance Do not rely on this table alone. 2006 tax return software free Refer to the text for more details. 2006 tax return software free Feature Description Maximum benefit You can reduce your income subject to tax by up to $2,500. 2006 tax return software free Loan qualifications Your student loan: •  must have been taken out solely to pay qualified education expenses, and   • cannot be from a related person or made under a qualified employer plan. 2006 tax return software free Student qualifications The student must be: • you, your spouse, or your dependent, and   • enrolled at least half-time in a program leading to a degree, certificate, or other recognized educational credential at an eligible educational institution. 2006 tax return software free Time limit on deduction You can deduct interest paid during the remaining period of your student loan. 2006 tax return software free Phaseout The amount of your deduction depends on your income level. 2006 tax return software free Student Loan Interest Defined Student loan interest is interest you paid during the year on a qualified student loan. 2006 tax return software free It includes both required and voluntary interest payments. 2006 tax return software free Qualified Student Loan This is a loan you took out solely to pay qualified education expenses (defined later) that were: For you, your spouse, or a person who was your dependent (defined in chapter 3) when you took out the loan, Paid or incurred within a reasonable period of time before or after you took out the loan, and For education provided during an academic period when the student is an eligible student. 2006 tax return software free Loans from the following sources are not qualified student loans. 2006 tax return software free A related person. 2006 tax return software free A qualified employer plan. 2006 tax return software free Exceptions. 2006 tax return software free   For purposes of the student loan interest deduction, the following are exceptions to the general rules for dependents. 2006 tax return software free An individual can be your dependent even if you are the dependent of another taxpayer. 2006 tax return software free An individual can be your dependent even if the individual files a joint return with a spouse. 2006 tax return software free An individual can be your dependent even if the individual had gross income for the year that was equal to or more than the exemption amount for the year ($3,900 for 2013). 2006 tax return software free    Reasonable period of time. 2006 tax return software free   Qualified education expenses are treated as paid or incurred within a reasonable period of time before or after you take out the loan if they are paid with the proceeds of student loans that are part of a federal postsecondary education loan program. 2006 tax return software free   Even if not paid with the proceeds of that type of loan, the expenses are treated as paid or incurred within a reasonable period of time if both of the following requirements are met. 2006 tax return software free The expenses relate to a specific academic period. 2006 tax return software free The loan proceeds are disbursed within a period that begins 90 days before the start of that academic period and ends 90 days after the end of that academic period. 2006 tax return software free   If neither of the above situations applies, the reasonable period of time is determined based on all the relevant facts and circumstances. 2006 tax return software free Academic period. 2006 tax return software free   An academic period includes a semester, trimester, quarter, or other period of study (such as a summer school session) as reasonably determined by an educational institution. 2006 tax return software free In the case of an educational institution that uses credit hours or clock hours and does not have academic terms, each payment period can be treated as an academic period. 2006 tax return software free Eligible student. 2006 tax return software free   This is a student who was enrolled at least half-time in a program leading to a degree, certificate, or other recognized educational credential. 2006 tax return software free Enrolled at least half-time. 2006 tax return software free   A student was enrolled at least half-time if the student was taking at least half the normal full-time work load for his or her course of study. 2006 tax return software free   The standard for what is half of the normal full-time work load is determined by each eligible educational institution. 2006 tax return software free However, the standard may not be lower than any of those established by the U. 2006 tax return software free S. 2006 tax return software free Department of Education under the Higher Education Act of 1965. 2006 tax return software free Related person. 2006 tax return software free   You cannot deduct interest on a loan you get from a related person. 2006 tax return software free Related persons include: Your spouse, Your brothers and sisters, Your half brothers and half sisters, Your ancestors (parents, grandparents, etc. 2006 tax return software free ), Your lineal descendants (children, grandchildren, etc. 2006 tax return software free ), and Certain corporations, partnerships, trusts, and exempt organizations. 2006 tax return software free Qualified employer plan. 2006 tax return software free   You cannot deduct interest on a loan made under a qualified employer plan or under a contract purchased under such a plan. 2006 tax return software free Qualified Education Expenses For purposes of the student loan interest deduction, these expenses are the total costs of attending an eligible educational institution, including graduate school. 2006 tax return software free They include amounts paid for the following items. 2006 tax return software free Tuition and fees. 2006 tax return software free Room and board. 2006 tax return software free Books, supplies, and equipment. 2006 tax return software free Other necessary expenses (such as transportation). 2006 tax return software free The cost of room and board qualifies only to the extent that it is not more than: The allowance for room and board, as determined by the eligible educational institution, that was included in the cost of attendance (for federal financial aid purposes) for a particular academic period and living arrangement of the student, or If greater, the actual amount charged if the student is residing in housing owned or operated by the eligible educational institution. 2006 tax return software free Eligible educational institution. 2006 tax return software free   An eligible educational institution is any college, university, vocational school, or other postsecondary educational institution eligible to participate in a student aid program administered by the U. 2006 tax return software free S. 2006 tax return software free Department of Education. 2006 tax return software free It includes virtually all accredited public, nonprofit, and proprietary (privately owned profit-making) postsecondary institutions. 2006 tax return software free   Certain educational institutions located outside the United States also participate in the U. 2006 tax return software free S. 2006 tax return software free Department of Education's Federal Student Aid (FSA) programs. 2006 tax return software free   For purposes of the student loan interest deduction, an eligible educational institution also includes an institution conducting an internship or residency program leading to a degree or certificate from an institution of higher education, a hospital, or a health care facility that offers postgraduate training. 2006 tax return software free   An educational institution must meet the above criteria only during the academic period(s) for which the student loan was incurred. 2006 tax return software free The deductibility of interest on the loan is not affected by the institution's subsequent loss of eligibility. 2006 tax return software free    The educational institution should be able to tell you if it is an eligible educational institution. 2006 tax return software free Adjustments to qualified education expenses. 2006 tax return software free   You must reduce your qualified education expenses by certain tax-free items (such as the tax-free part of scholarships and fellowships). 2006 tax return software free See chapter 4 of Publication 970 for details. 2006 tax return software free Include as Interest In addition to simple interest on the loan, certain loan origination fees, capitalized interest, interest on revolving lines of credit, and interest on refinanced student loans can be student loan interest if all other requirements are met. 2006 tax return software free Loan origination fee. 2006 tax return software free   In general, this is a one-time fee charged by the lender when a loan is made. 2006 tax return software free To be deductible as interest, the fee must be for the use of money rather than for property or services (such as commitment fees or processing costs) provided by the lender. 2006 tax return software free A loan origination fee treated as interest accrues over the life of the loan. 2006 tax return software free Capitalized interest. 2006 tax return software free    This is unpaid interest on a student loan that is added by the lender to the outstanding principal balance of the loan. 2006 tax return software free Interest on revolving lines of credit. 2006 tax return software free   This interest, which includes interest on credit card debt, is student loan interest if the borrower uses the line of credit (credit card) only to pay qualified education expenses. 2006 tax return software free See Qualified Education Expenses , earlier. 2006 tax return software free Interest on refinanced student loans. 2006 tax return software free   This includes interest on both: Consolidated loans—loans used to refinance more than one student loan of the same borrower, and Collapsed loans—two or more loans of the same borrower that are treated by both the lender and the borrower as one loan. 2006 tax return software free If you refinance a qualified student loan for more than your original loan and you use the additional amount for any purpose other than qualified education expenses, you cannot deduct any interest paid on the refinanced loan. 2006 tax return software free Voluntary interest payments. 2006 tax return software free   These are payments made on a qualified student loan during a period when interest payments are not required, such as when the borrower has been granted a deferment or the loan has not yet entered repayment status. 2006 tax return software free Do Not Include as Interest You cannot claim a student loan interest deduction for any of the following items. 2006 tax return software free Interest you paid on a loan if, under the terms of the loan, you are not legally obligated to make interest payments. 2006 tax return software free Loan origination fees that are payments for property or services provided by the lender, such as commitment fees or processing costs. 2006 tax return software free Interest you paid on a loan to the extent payments were made through your participation in the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program (the “NHSC Loan Repayment Program”) or certain other loan repayment assistance programs. 2006 tax return software free For more information, see Student Loan Repayment Assistance in chapter 5 of Publication 970. 2006 tax return software free Can You Claim the Deduction Generally, you can claim the deduction if all of the following requirements are met. 2006 tax return software free Your filing status is any filing status except married filing separately. 2006 tax return software free No one else is claiming an exemption for you on his or her tax return. 2006 tax return software free You are legally obligated to pay interest on a qualified student loan. 2006 tax return software free You paid interest on a qualified student loan. 2006 tax return software free Interest paid by others. 2006 tax return software free   If you are the person legally obligated to make interest payments and someone else makes a payment of interest on your behalf, you are treated as receiving the payments from the other person and, in turn, paying the interest. 2006 tax return software free See chapter 4 of Publication 970 for more information. 2006 tax return software free No Double Benefit Allowed You cannot deduct as interest on a student loan any amount that is an allowable deduction under any other provision of the tax law (for example, home mortgage interest). 2006 tax return software free How Much Can You Deduct Your student loan interest deduction for 2013 is generally the smaller of: $2,500, or The interest you paid in 2013. 2006 tax return software free However, the amount determined above is phased out (gradually reduced) if your MAGI is between $60,000 and $75,000 ($125,000 and $155,000 if you file a joint return). 2006 tax return software free You cannot take a student loan interest deduction if your MAGI is $75,000 or more ($155,000 or more if you file a joint return). 2006 tax return software free For details on figuring your MAGI, see chapter 4 of Publication 970. 2006 tax return software free How Do You Figure the Deduction Generally, you figure the deduction using the Student Loan Interest Deduction Worksheet in the Form 1040 or Form 1040A instructions. 2006 tax return software free However, if you are filing Form 2555, 2555-EZ, or 4563, or you are excluding income from sources within Puerto Rico, you must complete Worksheet 4-1 in chapter 4 of Publication 970. 2006 tax return software free To help you figure your student loan interest deduction, you should receive Form 1098-E, Student Loan Interest Statement. 2006 tax return software free Generally, an institution (such as a bank or governmental agency) that received interest payments of $600 or more during 2013 on one or more qualified student loans must send Form 1098-E (or acceptable substitute) to each borrower by January 31, 2014. 2006 tax return software free For qualified student loans taken out before September 1, 2004, the institution is required to include on Form 1098-E only payments of stated interest. 2006 tax return software free Other interest payments, such as certain loan origination fees and capitalized interest, may not appear on the form you receive. 2006 tax return software free However, if you pay qualifying interest that is not included on Form 1098-E, you can also deduct those amounts. 2006 tax return software free For information on allocating payments between interest and principal, see chapter 4 of Publication 970. 2006 tax return software free To claim the deduction, enter the allowable amount on Form 1040, line 33, or Form 1040A, line 18. 2006 tax return software free Tuition and Fees Deduction You may be able to deduct qualified education expenses paid during the year for yourself, your spouse, or your dependent(s). 2006 tax return software free You cannot claim this deduction if your filing status is married filing separately or if another person can claim an exemption for you as a dependent on his or her tax return. 2006 tax return software free The qualified expenses must be for higher education, as explained later under What Expenses Qualify . 2006 tax return software free The tuition and fees deduction can reduce the amount of your income subject to tax by up to $4,000. 2006 tax return software free Table 19-2 summarizes the features of the tuition and fees deduction. 2006 tax return software free You may be able to take a credit for your education expenses instead of a deduction. 2006 tax return software free You can choose the one that will give you the lower tax. 2006 tax return software free See chapter 35, Education Credits, for details about the credits. 2006 tax return software free Can You Claim the Deduction The following rules will help you determine if you can claim the tuition and fees deduction. 2006 tax return software free Who Can Claim the Deduction Generally, you can claim the tuition and fees deduction if all three of the following requirements are met. 2006 tax return software free You paid qualified education expenses of higher education in 2013 for academic periods beginning in 2013 and those beginning in the first three months of 2014. 2006 tax return software free You paid the education expenses for an eligible student. 2006 tax return software free The eligible student is yourself, your spouse, or your dependent for whom you claim an exemption (defined in chapter 3) on your tax return. 2006 tax return software free Qualified education expenses are defined under What Expenses Qualify . 2006 tax return software free Eligible students are defined later under Who Is an Eligible Student . 2006 tax return software free Who Cannot Claim the Deduction You cannot claim the tuition and fees deduction if any of the following apply. 2006 tax return software free Your filing status is married filing separately. 2006 tax return software free Another person can claim an exemption for you as a dependent on his or her tax return. 2006 tax return software free You cannot take the deduction even if the other person does not actually claim that exemption. 2006 tax return software free Your modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) is more than $80,000 ($160,000 if filing a joint return). 2006 tax return software free You (or your spouse) were a nonresident alien for any part of 2013 and the nonresident alien did not elect to be treated as a resident alien for tax purposes. 2006 tax return software free More information on nonresident aliens can be found in Publication 519, U. 2006 tax return software free S. 2006 tax return software free Tax Guide for Aliens. 2006 tax return software free You or anyone else claims an American opportunity or lifetime learning credit in 2013 with respect to expenses of the student for whom the qualified education expenses were paid. 2006 tax return software free However, a state tax credit will not disqualify you from claiming a tuition and fees deduction. 2006 tax return software free Table 19-2. 2006 tax return software free Tuition and Fees Deduction at a Glance Do not rely on this table alone. 2006 tax return software free Refer to the text for more details. 2006 tax return software free Question   Answer What is the maximum benefit?   You can reduce your income subject to tax by up to $4,000. 2006 tax return software free Where is the deduction taken?   As an adjustment to income on Form 1040, line 34, or Form 1040A, line 19. 2006 tax return software free For whom must the expenses be paid?   A student enrolled in an eligible educational institution who is either: you, your spouse, or your dependent for whom you claim an exemption. 2006 tax return software free What tuition and fees are deductible?   Tuition and fees required for enrollment or attendance at an eligible postsecondary educational institution, but not including personal, living, or family expenses, such as room and board. 2006 tax return software free What Expenses Qualify The tuition and fees deduction is based on qualified education expenses you pay for yourself, your spouse, or a dependent for whom you claim an exemption on your tax return. 2006 tax return software free Generally, the deduction is allowed for qualified education expenses paid in 2013 in connection with enrollment at an institution of higher education during 2013 or for an academic period (defined earlier under Student Loan Interest Deduction ) beginning in 2013 or in the first 3 months of 2014. 2006 tax return software free Payments with borrowed funds. 2006 tax return software free   You can claim a tuition and fees deduction for qualified education expenses paid with the proceeds of a loan. 2006 tax return software free Use the expenses to figure the deduction for the year in which the expenses are paid, not the year in which the loan is repaid. 2006 tax return software free Treat loan payments sent directly to the educational institution as paid on the date the institution credits the student's account. 2006 tax return software free Student withdraws from class(es). 2006 tax return software free   You can claim a tuition and fees deduction for qualified education expenses not refunded when a student withdraws. 2006 tax return software free Qualified Education Expenses For purposes of the tuition and fees deduction, qualified education expenses are tuition and certain related expenses required for enrollment or attendance at an eligible educational institution. 2006 tax return software free Eligible educational institution. 2006 tax return software free   An eligible educational institution is any college, university, vocational school, or other postsecondary educational institution eligible to participate in a student aid program administered by the U. 2006 tax return software free S. 2006 tax return software free Department of Education. 2006 tax return software free It includes virtually all accredited public, nonprofit, and proprietary (privately owned profit-making) postsecondary institutions. 2006 tax return software free The educational institution should be able to tell you if it is an eligible educational institution. 2006 tax return software free   Certain educational institutions located outside the United States also participate in the U. 2006 tax return software free S. 2006 tax return software free Department of Education's Federal Student Aid (FSA) programs. 2006 tax return software free Academic period. 2006 tax return software free    An academic period is any quarter, semester, trimester, or any other period of study as reasonably determined by an eligible educational institution. 2006 tax return software free If an eligible educational institution uses credit hours and does not have academic terms, each payment period may be treated as an academic period. 2006 tax return software free Related expenses. 2006 tax return software free   Student-activity fees and expenses for course-related books, supplies, and equipment are included in qualified education expenses for the tuition and fees deduction only if the fees and expenses must be paid to the institution as a condition of enrollment or attendance. 2006 tax return software free Prepaid expenses. 2006 tax return software free   Qualified education expenses paid in 2013 for an academic period that begins in the first three months of 2014 can be used in figuring the tuition and fees deduction. 2006 tax return software free See Academic period, earlier. 2006 tax return software free For example, if you pay $2,000 in December 2013 for qualified tuition for the 2014 winter quarter that begins in January 2014, you can use that $2,000 in figuring the tuition and fees deduction for 2013 only if you meet all the other requirements. 2006 tax return software free    You cannot use any amount you paid in 2012 or 2014 to figure the qualified education expenses you use to figure your 2013 tuition and fees deduction. 2006 tax return software free No Double Benefit Allowed You cannot do any of the following. 2006 tax return software free Deduct qualified education expenses you deduct under any other provision of the law, for example, as a business expense. 2006 tax return software free Deduct qualified education expenses for a student on your income tax return if you or anyone else claims an American opportunity or lifetime learning credit for that same student in the same year. 2006 tax return software free Deduct qualified education expenses that have been used to figure the tax-free portion of a distribution from a Coverdell education savings account (ESA) or a qualified tuition program (QTP). 2006 tax return software free For a QTP, this applies only to the amount of tax-free earnings that were distributed, not to the recovery of contributions to the program. 2006 tax return software free See Figuring the Taxable Portion of a Distribution in chapter 7 (Coverdell ESA) and chapter 8 (QTP) of Publication 970. 2006 tax return software free Deduct qualified education expenses that have been paid with tax-free interest on U. 2006 tax return software free S. 2006 tax return software free savings bonds (Form 8815). 2006 tax return software free See Figuring the Tax-Free Amount in chapter 10 of Publication 970. 2006 tax return software free Deduct qualified education expenses that have been paid with tax-free educational assistance such as a scholarship, grant, or employer-provided educational assistance. 2006 tax return software free See Adjustments to qualified education expenses, later. 2006 tax return software free Adjustments to qualified education expenses. 2006 tax return software free   For each student, reduce the qualified education expenses paid by or on behalf of that student under the following rules. 2006 tax return software free The result is the amount of adjusted qualified education expenses for each student. 2006 tax return software free Tax-free educational assistance. 2006 tax return software free   For tax-free educational assistance you received in 2013, reduce the qualified educational expenses for each academic period by the amount of tax-free educational assistance to that academic period. 2006 tax return software free See Academic period, earlier. 2006 tax return software free   This includes: The tax-free part of scholarships and fellowships, including Pell grants (see chapter 1 of Publication 970), The tax-free part of any employer-provided educational assistance (see chapter 11 of Publication 970), Veterans' educational assistance (see chapter 1 of Publication 970), and Any other nontaxable (tax-free) payments (other than gifts or inheritances) received as educational assistance. 2006 tax return software free Generally, any scholarship or fellowship you receive is treated as tax-free educational assistance. 2006 tax return software free However, a scholarship or fellowship is not treated as tax-free educational assistance to the extent you include it in gross income (if you are required to file a tax return) for the year the scholarship or fellowship is received and either: The scholarship or fellowship (or any part of it) must be applied (by its terms) to expenses (such as room and board) other than qualified education expenses as defined in Qualified education expenses in Pub. 2006 tax return software free 970, chapter 1. 2006 tax return software free The scholarship or fellowship (or any part of it) may be applied (by its terms) to expenses (such as room and board) other than qualified education expenses as defined in Qualified education expenses in Pub. 2006 tax return software free 970, chapter 1. 2006 tax return software free You may be able to increase the combined value of your tuition and fees deduction and certain educational assistance if you include some or all of the educational assistance in income in the year it is received. 2006 tax return software free For details, see Adjustments to Qualified Education Expenses in chapter 6 of Pub. 2006 tax return software free 970. 2006 tax return software free Some tax-free educational assistance received in 2013 may be treated as a refund of qualified education expenses paid in 2013. 2006 tax return software free This tax-free educational assistance is any tax-free educational assistance received by you or anyone else after 2013 for qualified education expenses paid on behalf of a student in 2013 (or attributable to enrollment at an eligible educational institution during 2013). 2006 tax return software free If this tax-free educational assistance is received after 2013 but before you file your 2013 income tax return, see Refunds received after 2013 but before your income tax return is filed, later. 2006 tax return software free If this tax-free educational assistance is received after 2013 and after you file your 2013 income tax return, see Refunds received after 2013 and after your income tax return is filed, later. 2006 tax return software free Refunds. 2006 tax return software free   A refund of qualified education expenses may reduce adjusted qualified education expenses for the tax year or may require you to include some or all of the refund in your gross income for the year the refund is received. 2006 tax return software free See chapter 6 of Pub. 2006 tax return software free 970 for more information. 2006 tax return software free Some tax-free educational assistance received after 2013 may be treated as a refund. 2006 tax return software free See Tax-free educational assistance, earlier. 2006 tax return software free Refunds received in 2013. 2006 tax return software free    For each student, figure the adjusted qualified education expenses for 2013 by adding all the qualified education expenses paid in 2013 and subtracting any refunds of those expenses received from the eligible educational institution during 2013. 2006 tax return software free Refunds received after 2013 but before your income tax return is filed. 2006 tax return software free   If you receive a refund after 2013 of qualified education expenses you paid in 2013 and the refund is received before you file your 2013 income tax return, reduce the amount of qualified education expenses for 2013 by the amount of the refund. 2006 tax return software free Refunds received after 2013 and after your income tax return is filed. 2006 tax return software free   If you receive a refund after 2013 of qualified education expenses you paid in 2013 and the refund is received after you file your 2013 income tax return, you may need to include some or all of the refund in your gross income for the year the refund is received. 2006 tax return software free See chapter 6 of Pub. 2006 tax return software free 970 for more information. 2006 tax return software free Coordination with Coverdell education savings accounts and qualified tuition programs. 2006 tax return software free    Reduce your qualified education expenses by any qualified education expenses used to figure the exclusion from gross income of (a) interest received under an education savings bond program, or (b) any distribution from a Coverdell education savings account or qualified tuition program (QTP). 2006 tax return software free For a QTP, this applies only to the amount of tax-free earnings that were distributed, not to the recovery of contributions to the program. 2006 tax return software free Amounts that do not reduce qualified education expenses. 2006 tax return software free   Do not reduce qualified education expenses by amounts paid with funds the student receives as: Payment for services, such as wages, A loan, A gift, An inheritance, or A withdrawal from the student's personal savings. 2006 tax return software free   Do not reduce the qualified education expenses by any scholarship or fellowship reported as income on the student's tax return in the following situations. 2006 tax return software free The use of the money is restricted, by the terms of the scholarship or fellowship, to costs of attendance (such as room and board) other than qualified education expenses. 2006 tax return software free The use of the money is not restricted. 2006 tax return software free Expenses That Do Not Qualify Qualified education expenses do not include amounts paid for: Insurance, Medical expenses (including student health fees), Room and board, Transportation, or Similar personal, living, or family expenses. 2006 tax return software free This is true even if the amount must be paid to the institution as a condition of enrollment or attendance. 2006 tax return software free Sports, games, hobbies, and noncredit courses. 2006 tax return software free   Qualified education expenses generally do not include expenses that relate to any course of instruction or other education that involves sports, games or hobbies, or any noncredit course. 2006 tax return software free However, if the course of instruction or other education is part of the student's degree program, these expenses can qualify. 2006 tax return software free Comprehensive or bundled fees. 2006 tax return software free   Some eligible educational institutions combine all of their fees for an academic period into one amount. 2006 tax return software free If you do not receive, or do not have access to, an allocation showing how much you paid for qualified education expenses and how much you paid for personal expenses, such as those listed above, contact the institution. 2006 tax return software free The institution is required to make this allocation and provide you with the amount you paid (or were billed) for qualified education expenses on Form 1098-T, Tuition Statement. 2006 tax return software free See How Do You Figure the Deduction , later, for more information about Form 1098-T. 2006 tax return software free Who Is an Eligible Student For purposes of the tuition and fees deduction, an eligible student is a student who is enrolled in one or more courses at an eligible educational institution (defined earlier). 2006 tax return software free Who Can Claim a Dependent's Expenses Generally, in order to claim the tuition and fees deduction for qualified education expenses for a dependent, you must: Have paid the expenses, and Claim an exemption for the student as a dependent. 2006 tax return software free Table 19-3 summarizes who can claim the deduction. 2006 tax return software free How Much Can You Deduct The maximum tuition and fees deduction in 2013 is $4,000, $2,000, or $0, depending on the amount of your MAGI. 2006 tax return software free For details on figuring your MAGI, see chapter 6 of Publication 970. 2006 tax return software free How Do You Figure the Deduction Figure the deduction using Form 8917. 2006 tax return software free To help you figure your tuition and fees deduction, you should receive Form 1098-T, Tuition Statement. 2006 tax return software free Generally, an eligible educational institution (such as a college or university) must send Form 1098-T (or acceptable substitute) to each enrolled student by January 31, 2014. 2006 tax return software free To claim the deduction, enter the allowable amount on Form 1040, line 34, or Form 1040A, line 19, and attach your completed Form 8917. 2006 tax return software free Table 19-3. 2006 tax return software free Who Can Claim a Dependent's Expenses Do not rely on this table alone. 2006 tax return software free See Who Can Claim a Dependent's Expenses in chapter 6 of Publication 970. 2006 tax return software free IF your dependent is an eligible student and you. 2006 tax return software free . 2006 tax return software free . 2006 tax return software free AND. 2006 tax return software free . 2006 tax return software free . 2006 tax return software free THEN. 2006 tax return software free . 2006 tax return software free . 2006 tax return software free claim an exemption for your dependent you paid all qualified education expenses for your dependent only you can deduct the qualified education expenses that you paid. 2006 tax return software free Your dependent cannot take a deduction. 2006 tax return software free claim an exemption for your dependent your dependent paid all qualified education expenses no one is allowed to take a deduction. 2006 tax return software free do not claim an exemption for your dependent you paid all qualified education expenses no one is allowed to take a deduction. 2006 tax return software free do not claim an exemption for your dependent your dependent paid all qualified education expenses no one is allowed to take a deduction. 2006 tax return software free Educator Expenses If you were an eligible educator in 2013, you can deduct on Form 1040, line 23, or Form 1040A, line 16, up to $250 of qualified expenses you paid in 2013. 2006 tax return software free If you and your spouse are filing jointly and both of you were eligible educators, the maximum deduction is $500. 2006 tax return software free However, neither spouse can deduct more than $250 of his or her qualified expenses on Form 1040, line 23, or Form 1040A, line 16. 2006 tax return software free You may be able to deduct expenses that are more than the $250 (or $500) limit on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21. 2006 tax return software free Eligible educator. 2006 tax return software free   An eligible educator is a kindergarten through grade 12 teacher, instructor, counselor, principal, or aide who worked in a school for at least 900 hours during a school year. 2006 tax return software free Qualified expenses. 2006 tax return software free   Qualified expenses include ordinary and necessary expenses paid in connection with books, supplies, equipment (including computer equipment, software, and services), and other materials used in the classroom. 2006 tax return software free An ordinary expense is one that is common and accepted in your educational field. 2006 tax return software free A necessary expense is one that is helpful and appropriate for your profession as an educator. 2006 tax return software free An expense does not have to be required to be considered necessary. 2006 tax return software free   Qualified expenses do not include expenses for home schooling or for nonathletic supplies for courses in health or physical education. 2006 tax return software free   You must reduce your qualified expenses by the following amounts. 2006 tax return software free Excludable U. 2006 tax return software free S. 2006 tax return software free series EE and I savings bond interest from Form 8815. 2006 tax return software free See Figuring the Tax-Free Amount in chapter 10 of Publication 970. 2006 tax return software free Nontaxable qualified tuition program earnings or distributions. 2006 tax return software free See Figuring the Taxable Portion of a Distribution in chapter 8 of Publication 970. 2006 tax return software free Nontaxable distribution of earnings from a Coverdell education savings account. 2006 tax return software free See Figuring the Taxable Portion of a Distribution in chapter 7 of Publication 970. 2006 tax return software free Any reimbursements you received for these expenses that were not reported to you in box 1 of your Form W-2. 2006 tax return software free Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications