Tag Archives: *Education

Eligible Education

Today TaxMama hears from Dil in the TaxQuips Forum, who needs clarification. “The issue is related to the definition of  ‘qualified educational institution.’  The institution is a regionally accredited one, but the full definition of ‘qualified educational institution’ requires that it be a Title IV institution – one whose students may receive federal financial aid. The […]

Black History Month

This is the end of black history month. When I was in school, African-American studies were not a significant part of our curriculum. It didn’t matter though, because history was being made all around us at the time. Lots of great, good and bad things took place during my school years from grade 4 through […]

Interns and Unemployment

Today TaxMama hears from John in the TaxQuips Forum, who wants to employ students.“ The business I work for is very small. It is a nonprofit educational facility, and we are swamped with work, without financial leverage to hire additional staff.  I want to recommend the hiring of interns at a fair hourly wage.  I am […]

The Value of Friends? Priceless

One day a teacher asked her students to list the names of the other students in the room on two sheets of paper, leaving a space between each name. Then she told them to think of the nicest thing they could say about each of their classmates and write it down. It took the remainder […]

Qualifying Daughter

Today TaxMama hears from Laura in the TaxQuips Forum, with these two common issues.  “(1) My daughter turned 24 in December of 2009.  During the entire 12 months of 2009 she attended school full-time; did not work; earned 0 income; and will not be filing a tax return. She lived at home and we provided […]

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 […]

Flying High

Today TaxMama hears from Kathleen in the TaxQuips Forum, who is curious. “I attended a flight school in ’09 and earned my helicopter commercial pilot certificate as well as flight instructor certificate. I now work as a commercial pilot & flight instructor. The school is not a typical college/university. But I did receive my certificates from […]

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 […]

The Mind of 6th Grader

The 6th grade science teacher, Mrs. Parks, asked her class, “Which human body part increases to 10 times its size when stimulated?” No one answered until little Mary stood up, angry, and said, “You should not be asking 6th graders a question like that! I’m going to tell my parents, and they will go and […]