Tag Archives: College

Check Out College Tax Benefits for 2012 and Years Ahead

Courtesy of the IRS WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today reminded parents and students that now is a good time to see if they qualify for either of two college education tax credits or any of several other education-related tax benefits. In general, the American opportunity tax credit, lifetime learning credit and tuition and […]

Extra Tuition 1098-T

Today TaxMama® hears from tbachrodt in the TaxQuips Forum, with this question.  “I recently filed my taxes. I am already receiving the American Opportunity Credit and Lifetime Credit. I just received an additional 1098T in the mail that I forgot was coming. Do I need to file an amended return, even though I am already […]

Feeling Young?

Just in case you weren’t feeling too old today, this will certainly change  things. 1.  The people who started college this fall across the nation were born in 1998. 2.  They have no meaningful recollection of the Reagan Era and did not know he had ever been shot. 3.  They were not born yet when […]

Wife Filed Alone

Today TaxMama® hears from Francis in the TaxQuips Forum with this problem. “For some reason that only she understands, my wife decided to filed separately, as head of household (she is working and I am not as I lost my job for health troubles). I filed as married filing separately with no income to declare. […]

Helping Son Pay College Loans

Today TaxMama hears from Jack in the TaxQuips Forum who is bursting with pride over his son. “We are in more of a position to help my graduating son financially than when he started 3.5 years ago. He’s very sharp with investments. So we’re looking for ways to develop these skills while building cash to […]

Tuition Assistance Programs

Today TaxMama hears from Mike in the TaxQuips Forum, with a terrific question. Mike says, “My employer has asked me to look into finding out what is necessary to create a Tuition Assistance Program.  I read through Pub 970, and all I could find was that I needed to have the agreement in writing. What […]

Cash Back Shopping

Today TaxMama hears from Janet in the Tax Quips Forum with an excellent question. “There are several websites out there that allow you to earn cash back when you shop on their site. Do you have to report these earnings to the IRS, considering it’s not really earned income? you’re just getting a small rebate from […]

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 […]

College Donations

Today TaxMama answers Terry of Morristown, MN says “I am a future college student with plans to study Industrial Design. I am asking wealthy people that I know for college donations and that type of thing. I was wondering if it was a tax write-off if they donated to a student’s college fund.”