Category Archives: *Education

H&R Block Radio Show – Tax Tips for Individuals

Listen here  –  Tax Tips for Individuals                         Read the script of the show below: PROGRAM 1: Tax Tips for Individuals Originally aired:   Thursday, March 25    10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. EDT Introduction – Tax Mama Welcome and Introductions o        Thanks for joining §                    Introduce hosts: §                    Chris Wilson, Master Tax Advisor o        Wilson has been […]

Student Loan Payments

Today TaxMama hears from Heidi in California, with a common misunderstanding. “I know I can report student loan interest paid, but I’m wondering if I qualify for the tuition and fees deduction if I officially ended school in 2008, graduated in Jan. of 2009, and made payments for all of 2009.”

Nursing Education Expenses

Today TaxMama hears from Hayley in Indiana who made a bold move. “I quit my job last October to go back to school.  My school is through our hospital (an Allied Health Program) but is not a part of the eligible educational institution.( is not signed up with the gov to receive fed funding.)  The […]

Computers for College

Today TaxMama hears from Linda in Kentucky with a reasonable question. “My son-in-law had on-line college classes that required him to have internet services and a computer. Do these count towards the tax credits? Also, how would he go about getting the books, supplies, gas, etc. credited?” Dear Linda, In a very odd and inconsistent […]

Tax Credit Helps Pay for Higher Education Expenses

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was passed in early 2009 and created the American Opportunity Credit. This educational tax credit – which expanded the existing Hope credit – helps parents and students pay for college and college-related expenses. Here are the top nine things the Internal Revenue Service wants you to know about this […]

Six Facts About the American Opportunity Tax Credit

Courtesy of the IRS Many parents and college students will be able to offset the cost of college over the next two years under the new American Opportunity Tax Credit. This tax credit is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Here are six important facts the IRS wants you to know […]

Complete List of Deductions

Today TaxMama hears from William in Florida with this request. “My wife is in school and doing her practicum in psychology. She is working for a nonprofit and considered a independent contractor. She was told she could take certain tax deductions such as mileage, cell phone etc. And I would like to get a complete […]

Paid for Medical Studies

Today TaxMama hears from Charles in Arizona with this situation. “It seems that no one has an answer to my question. Last year, I participated in a medical study and earned approximately. $4,300. Now I am trying to determine how to approach the 1099-MISC the clinic sent me. The income is in the Other income […]

Med Student Expenses

Today TaxMama hears from Quincy in New York who wants to know “Can a medical student deduct the expenses of traveling, lodging and meals when looking for internships and residencies? If so, what are the rates? Also, can I deduct the expenses of the board tests ($1,500), and books for school?”

Getting Educated Again

Today TaxMama hears from Lisa in California, who tells us, “ I decided to return to nursing. I am wondering, what are my tax deductions, if any? When can I start to claim them for my re-education? Costs will include refresher classes, books, etc. licensing fees, job interview fees, mileage, physicals, labs, certifications etc?”

Offset Education Costs

IRS TAX TIP 2009-30 Education tax credits can help offset the costs of higher education for yourself or a dependent. The Hope Credit and the Lifetime Learning Credit are two education credits available which may benefit you. Because they are credits rather than deductions, you may be able to subtract them in full, dollar for […]

Education Paid by Insurance

Today TaxMama hears from Angela in Los Angeles, who tells us. “My friend got a form 1098-T . There is an entry of $11,200 in box 10 of her 1098-T. She has about $3,000 income from W-2. She is afraid to do her tax return because she thinks that amount from Box 10 of 1098-T […]