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Free state tax e file 19. Free state tax e file   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. Free state tax e file This chapter covers the student loan interest deduction, tuition and fees deduction, and the deduction for educator expenses. Free state tax e file 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. Free state tax e file 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. Free state tax e file 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. Free state tax e file This deduction can reduce the amount of your income subject to tax by up to $2,500 in 2013. Free state tax e file Table 19-1 summarizes the features of the student loan interest deduction. Free state tax e file Table 19-1. Free state tax e file Student Loan Interest Deduction at a Glance Do not rely on this table alone. Free state tax e file Refer to the text for more details. Free state tax e file Feature Description Maximum benefit You can reduce your income subject to tax by up to $2,500. Free state tax e file 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. Free state tax e file 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. Free state tax e file Time limit on deduction You can deduct interest paid during the remaining period of your student loan. Free state tax e file Phaseout The amount of your deduction depends on your income level. Free state tax e file Student Loan Interest Defined Student loan interest is interest you paid during the year on a qualified student loan. Free state tax e file It includes both required and voluntary interest payments. Free state tax e file 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. Free state tax e file Loans from the following sources are not qualified student loans. Free state tax e file A related person. Free state tax e file A qualified employer plan. Free state tax e file Exceptions. Free state tax e file   For purposes of the student loan interest deduction, the following are exceptions to the general rules for dependents. Free state tax e file An individual can be your dependent even if you are the dependent of another taxpayer. Free state tax e file An individual can be your dependent even if the individual files a joint return with a spouse. Free state tax e file 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). Free state tax e file    Reasonable period of time. Free state tax e file   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. Free state tax e file   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. Free state tax e file The expenses relate to a specific academic period. Free state tax e file 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. Free state tax e file   If neither of the above situations applies, the reasonable period of time is determined based on all the relevant facts and circumstances. Free state tax e file Academic period. Free state tax e file   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. Free state tax e file 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. Free state tax e file Eligible student. Free state tax e file   This is a student who was enrolled at least half-time in a program leading to a degree, certificate, or other recognized educational credential. Free state tax e file Enrolled at least half-time. Free state tax e file   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. Free state tax e file   The standard for what is half of the normal full-time work load is determined by each eligible educational institution. Free state tax e file However, the standard may not be lower than any of those established by the U. Free state tax e file S. Free state tax e file Department of Education under the Higher Education Act of 1965. Free state tax e file Related person. Free state tax e file   You cannot deduct interest on a loan you get from a related person. Free state tax e file Related persons include: Your spouse, Your brothers and sisters, Your half brothers and half sisters, Your ancestors (parents, grandparents, etc. Free state tax e file ), Your lineal descendants (children, grandchildren, etc. Free state tax e file ), and Certain corporations, partnerships, trusts, and exempt organizations. Free state tax e file Qualified employer plan. Free state tax e file   You cannot deduct interest on a loan made under a qualified employer plan or under a contract purchased under such a plan. Free state tax e file 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. Free state tax e file They include amounts paid for the following items. Free state tax e file Tuition and fees. Free state tax e file Room and board. Free state tax e file Books, supplies, and equipment. Free state tax e file Other necessary expenses (such as transportation). Free state tax e file 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. Free state tax e file Eligible educational institution. Free state tax e file   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. Free state tax e file S. Free state tax e file Department of Education. Free state tax e file It includes virtually all accredited public, nonprofit, and proprietary (privately owned profit-making) postsecondary institutions. Free state tax e file   Certain educational institutions located outside the United States also participate in the U. Free state tax e file S. Free state tax e file Department of Education's Federal Student Aid (FSA) programs. Free state tax e file   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. Free state tax e file   An educational institution must meet the above criteria only during the academic period(s) for which the student loan was incurred. Free state tax e file The deductibility of interest on the loan is not affected by the institution's subsequent loss of eligibility. Free state tax e file    The educational institution should be able to tell you if it is an eligible educational institution. Free state tax e file Adjustments to qualified education expenses. Free state tax e file   You must reduce your qualified education expenses by certain tax-free items (such as the tax-free part of scholarships and fellowships). Free state tax e file See chapter 4 of Publication 970 for details. Free state tax e file 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. Free state tax e file Loan origination fee. Free state tax e file   In general, this is a one-time fee charged by the lender when a loan is made. Free state tax e file 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. Free state tax e file A loan origination fee treated as interest accrues over the life of the loan. Free state tax e file Capitalized interest. Free state tax e file    This is unpaid interest on a student loan that is added by the lender to the outstanding principal balance of the loan. Free state tax e file Interest on revolving lines of credit. Free state tax e file   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. Free state tax e file See Qualified Education Expenses , earlier. Free state tax e file Interest on refinanced student loans. Free state tax e file   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. Free state tax e file 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. Free state tax e file Voluntary interest payments. Free state tax e file   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. Free state tax e file Do Not Include as Interest You cannot claim a student loan interest deduction for any of the following items. Free state tax e file Interest you paid on a loan if, under the terms of the loan, you are not legally obligated to make interest payments. Free state tax e file Loan origination fees that are payments for property or services provided by the lender, such as commitment fees or processing costs. Free state tax e file 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. Free state tax e file For more information, see Student Loan Repayment Assistance in chapter 5 of Publication 970. Free state tax e file Can You Claim the Deduction Generally, you can claim the deduction if all of the following requirements are met. Free state tax e file Your filing status is any filing status except married filing separately. Free state tax e file No one else is claiming an exemption for you on his or her tax return. Free state tax e file You are legally obligated to pay interest on a qualified student loan. Free state tax e file You paid interest on a qualified student loan. Free state tax e file Interest paid by others. Free state tax e file   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. Free state tax e file See chapter 4 of Publication 970 for more information. Free state tax e file 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). Free state tax e file 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. Free state tax e file 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). Free state tax e file 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). Free state tax e file For details on figuring your MAGI, see chapter 4 of Publication 970. Free state tax e file 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. Free state tax e file 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. Free state tax e file To help you figure your student loan interest deduction, you should receive Form 1098-E, Student Loan Interest Statement. Free state tax e file 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. Free state tax e file 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. Free state tax e file Other interest payments, such as certain loan origination fees and capitalized interest, may not appear on the form you receive. Free state tax e file However, if you pay qualifying interest that is not included on Form 1098-E, you can also deduct those amounts. Free state tax e file For information on allocating payments between interest and principal, see chapter 4 of Publication 970. Free state tax e file To claim the deduction, enter the allowable amount on Form 1040, line 33, or Form 1040A, line 18. Free state tax e file 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). Free state tax e file 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. Free state tax e file The qualified expenses must be for higher education, as explained later under What Expenses Qualify . Free state tax e file The tuition and fees deduction can reduce the amount of your income subject to tax by up to $4,000. Free state tax e file Table 19-2 summarizes the features of the tuition and fees deduction. Free state tax e file You may be able to take a credit for your education expenses instead of a deduction. Free state tax e file You can choose the one that will give you the lower tax. Free state tax e file See chapter 35, Education Credits, for details about the credits. Free state tax e file Can You Claim the Deduction The following rules will help you determine if you can claim the tuition and fees deduction. Free state tax e file Who Can Claim the Deduction Generally, you can claim the tuition and fees deduction if all three of the following requirements are met. Free state tax e file 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. Free state tax e file You paid the education expenses for an eligible student. Free state tax e file The eligible student is yourself, your spouse, or your dependent for whom you claim an exemption (defined in chapter 3) on your tax return. Free state tax e file Qualified education expenses are defined under What Expenses Qualify . Free state tax e file Eligible students are defined later under Who Is an Eligible Student . Free state tax e file Who Cannot Claim the Deduction You cannot claim the tuition and fees deduction if any of the following apply. Free state tax e file Your filing status is married filing separately. Free state tax e file Another person can claim an exemption for you as a dependent on his or her tax return. Free state tax e file You cannot take the deduction even if the other person does not actually claim that exemption. Free state tax e file Your modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) is more than $80,000 ($160,000 if filing a joint return). Free state tax e file 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. Free state tax e file More information on nonresident aliens can be found in Publication 519, U. Free state tax e file S. Free state tax e file Tax Guide for Aliens. Free state tax e file 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. Free state tax e file However, a state tax credit will not disqualify you from claiming a tuition and fees deduction. Free state tax e file Table 19-2. Free state tax e file Tuition and Fees Deduction at a Glance Do not rely on this table alone. Free state tax e file Refer to the text for more details. Free state tax e file Question   Answer What is the maximum benefit?   You can reduce your income subject to tax by up to $4,000. Free state tax e file Where is the deduction taken?   As an adjustment to income on Form 1040, line 34, or Form 1040A, line 19. Free state tax e file 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. Free state tax e file 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. Free state tax e file 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. Free state tax e file 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. Free state tax e file Payments with borrowed funds. Free state tax e file   You can claim a tuition and fees deduction for qualified education expenses paid with the proceeds of a loan. Free state tax e file 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. Free state tax e file Treat loan payments sent directly to the educational institution as paid on the date the institution credits the student's account. Free state tax e file Student withdraws from class(es). Free state tax e file   You can claim a tuition and fees deduction for qualified education expenses not refunded when a student withdraws. Free state tax e file 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. Free state tax e file Eligible educational institution. Free state tax e file   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. Free state tax e file S. Free state tax e file Department of Education. Free state tax e file It includes virtually all accredited public, nonprofit, and proprietary (privately owned profit-making) postsecondary institutions. Free state tax e file The educational institution should be able to tell you if it is an eligible educational institution. Free state tax e file   Certain educational institutions located outside the United States also participate in the U. Free state tax e file S. Free state tax e file Department of Education's Federal Student Aid (FSA) programs. Free state tax e file Academic period. Free state tax e file    An academic period is any quarter, semester, trimester, or any other period of study as reasonably determined by an eligible educational institution. Free state tax e file If an eligible educational institution uses credit hours and does not have academic terms, each payment period may be treated as an academic period. Free state tax e file Related expenses. Free state tax e file   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. Free state tax e file Prepaid expenses. Free state tax e file   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. Free state tax e file See Academic period, earlier. Free state tax e file 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. Free state tax e file    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. Free state tax e file No Double Benefit Allowed You cannot do any of the following. Free state tax e file Deduct qualified education expenses you deduct under any other provision of the law, for example, as a business expense. Free state tax e file 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. Free state tax e file 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). Free state tax e file 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. Free state tax e file See Figuring the Taxable Portion of a Distribution in chapter 7 (Coverdell ESA) and chapter 8 (QTP) of Publication 970. Free state tax e file Deduct qualified education expenses that have been paid with tax-free interest on U. Free state tax e file S. Free state tax e file savings bonds (Form 8815). Free state tax e file See Figuring the Tax-Free Amount in chapter 10 of Publication 970. Free state tax e file Deduct qualified education expenses that have been paid with tax-free educational assistance such as a scholarship, grant, or employer-provided educational assistance. Free state tax e file See Adjustments to qualified education expenses, later. Free state tax e file Adjustments to qualified education expenses. Free state tax e file   For each student, reduce the qualified education expenses paid by or on behalf of that student under the following rules. Free state tax e file The result is the amount of adjusted qualified education expenses for each student. Free state tax e file Tax-free educational assistance. Free state tax e file   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. Free state tax e file See Academic period, earlier. Free state tax e file   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. Free state tax e file Generally, any scholarship or fellowship you receive is treated as tax-free educational assistance. Free state tax e file 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. Free state tax e file 970, chapter 1. Free state tax e file 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. Free state tax e file 970, chapter 1. Free state tax e file 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. Free state tax e file For details, see Adjustments to Qualified Education Expenses in chapter 6 of Pub. Free state tax e file 970. Free state tax e file Some tax-free educational assistance received in 2013 may be treated as a refund of qualified education expenses paid in 2013. Free state tax e file 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). Free state tax e file 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. Free state tax e file 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. Free state tax e file Refunds. Free state tax e file   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. Free state tax e file See chapter 6 of Pub. Free state tax e file 970 for more information. Free state tax e file Some tax-free educational assistance received after 2013 may be treated as a refund. Free state tax e file See Tax-free educational assistance, earlier. Free state tax e file Refunds received in 2013. Free state tax e file    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. Free state tax e file Refunds received after 2013 but before your income tax return is filed. Free state tax e file   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. Free state tax e file Refunds received after 2013 and after your income tax return is filed. Free state tax e file   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. Free state tax e file See chapter 6 of Pub. Free state tax e file 970 for more information. Free state tax e file Coordination with Coverdell education savings accounts and qualified tuition programs. Free state tax e file    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). Free state tax e file 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. Free state tax e file Amounts that do not reduce qualified education expenses. Free state tax e file   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. Free state tax e file   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. Free state tax e file 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. Free state tax e file The use of the money is not restricted. Free state tax e file 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. Free state tax e file This is true even if the amount must be paid to the institution as a condition of enrollment or attendance. Free state tax e file Sports, games, hobbies, and noncredit courses. Free state tax e file   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. Free state tax e file However, if the course of instruction or other education is part of the student's degree program, these expenses can qualify. Free state tax e file Comprehensive or bundled fees. Free state tax e file   Some eligible educational institutions combine all of their fees for an academic period into one amount. Free state tax e file 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. Free state tax e file 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. Free state tax e file See How Do You Figure the Deduction , later, for more information about Form 1098-T. Free state tax e file 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). Free state tax e file 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. Free state tax e file Table 19-3 summarizes who can claim the deduction. Free state tax e file 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. Free state tax e file For details on figuring your MAGI, see chapter 6 of Publication 970. Free state tax e file How Do You Figure the Deduction Figure the deduction using Form 8917. Free state tax e file To help you figure your tuition and fees deduction, you should receive Form 1098-T, Tuition Statement. Free state tax e file 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. Free state tax e file To claim the deduction, enter the allowable amount on Form 1040, line 34, or Form 1040A, line 19, and attach your completed Form 8917. Free state tax e file Table 19-3. Free state tax e file Who Can Claim a Dependent's Expenses Do not rely on this table alone. Free state tax e file See Who Can Claim a Dependent's Expenses in chapter 6 of Publication 970. Free state tax e file IF your dependent is an eligible student and you. Free state tax e file . Free state tax e file . Free state tax e file AND. Free state tax e file . Free state tax e file . Free state tax e file THEN. Free state tax e file . Free state tax e file . Free state tax e file 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. Free state tax e file Your dependent cannot take a deduction. Free state tax e file claim an exemption for your dependent your dependent paid all qualified education expenses no one is allowed to take a deduction. Free state tax e file do not claim an exemption for your dependent you paid all qualified education expenses no one is allowed to take a deduction. Free state tax e file do not claim an exemption for your dependent your dependent paid all qualified education expenses no one is allowed to take a deduction. Free state tax e file 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. Free state tax e file If you and your spouse are filing jointly and both of you were eligible educators, the maximum deduction is $500. Free state tax e file However, neither spouse can deduct more than $250 of his or her qualified expenses on Form 1040, line 23, or Form 1040A, line 16. Free state tax e file You may be able to deduct expenses that are more than the $250 (or $500) limit on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21. Free state tax e file Eligible educator. Free state tax e file   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. Free state tax e file Qualified expenses. Free state tax e file   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. Free state tax e file An ordinary expense is one that is common and accepted in your educational field. Free state tax e file A necessary expense is one that is helpful and appropriate for your profession as an educator. Free state tax e file An expense does not have to be required to be considered necessary. Free state tax e file   Qualified expenses do not include expenses for home schooling or for nonathletic supplies for courses in health or physical education. Free state tax e file   You must reduce your qualified expenses by the following amounts. Free state tax e file Excludable U. Free state tax e file S. Free state tax e file series EE and I savings bond interest from Form 8815. Free state tax e file See Figuring the Tax-Free Amount in chapter 10 of Publication 970. Free state tax e file Nontaxable qualified tuition program earnings or distributions. Free state tax e file See Figuring the Taxable Portion of a Distribution in chapter 8 of Publication 970. Free state tax e file Nontaxable distribution of earnings from a Coverdell education savings account. Free state tax e file See Figuring the Taxable Portion of a Distribution in chapter 7 of Publication 970. Free state tax e file Any reimbursements you received for these expenses that were not reported to you in box 1 of your Form W-2. Free state tax e file Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications