Overseas Education


Today TaxMama® hears from Chell in the TaxQuips Forum, with an interesting question.  “Can someone take an educational credit for books and Fees while they are taking a class in a foreign country? Plus without a proper address to fit into the tax software, the tax return will not be able to be efiled. It is for a 4 yr degree.”

                        

Dear Chell,

Mike Reed, our EA in the San Francisco Bay area responds. He brings up the key issue.

Is this an American University with a foreign location? Here’s what the IRS says:

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.S. Department of Education. It includes virtually all accredited public, nonprofit, and proprietary (privately owned profit-making) postsecondary institutions. The educational institution should be able to tell you if it is an eligible educational institution.

Certain educational institutions located outside the United States also participate in the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid (FSA) programs. For more information see Pub 970 .

TaxMama adds. If you want to study overseas, you will find that many U.S. educational institutions have affiliations with programs overseas. Sign up here in the U.S. and you can get all the education credits or deductions you would if you were here – plus all the benefits of travel, new experiences, new perspectives – and a heck of a lot of fun!

And remember, you can find answers to all kinds of questions about education benefits and other tax and business issues, free. Where? Where else? At www.TaxMama.com.

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