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Prevent and Report Identity Theft

Learn how to prevent and report identity theft.


Tips for Preventing Identity Theft

Identity thieves steal your personal information to commit fraud. They can damage your credit status and cost you time and money restoring your good name. To reduce your risk of becoming a victim, follow the tips below:

  • Don't carry your Social Security card in your wallet or write it on your checks. Only give out your SSN when absolutely necessary.
  • Protect your PIN. Never write a PIN on a credit/debit card or on a slip of paper kept in your wallet.
  • Watch out for "shoulder surfers". Use your free hand to shield the keypad when using pay phones and ATMs.
  • Collect mail promptly. Ask the post office to put your mail on hold when you are away from home for more than a day or two.
  • Pay attention to your billing cycles. If bills or financial statements are late, contact the sender.
  • Keep your receipts. Ask for carbons and incorrect charge slips as well. Promptly compare receipts with account statements. Watch for unauthorized transactions.
  • Tear up or shred unwanted receipts, credit offers, account statements, expired cards, etc., to prevent dumpster divers getting your personal information.
  • Store personal information in a safe place at home and at work. Don't leave it lying around.
  • Don't respond to unsolicited requests for personal information in the mail, over the phone or online.
  • Install firewalls and virus-detection software on your home computer.
  • Check your credit report once a year. Check it more frequently if you suspect someone has gotten access to your account information.

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How to Report Identity Theft

Your wallet contains some of your most important personal items, from hard-earned money to credit cards and driver’s license. For an identity thief, your wallet offers a treasure trove of personal information. If you suspect or become a victim of identity theft, follow these steps:

  • Report it to your financial institution. Call the phone number on your account statement or on the back of your credit or debit card.
  • Report the fraud to your local police immediately. Keep a copy of the police report, which will make it easier to prove your case to creditors and retailers.
  • Contact the credit-reporting bureaus and ask them to flag your account with a fraud alert, which asks merchants not to grant new credit without your approval.

If your identity has been stolen, you can use an ID Theft affidavit to report the theft to most of the parties involved. All three credit bureaus and many major creditors have agreed to accept the affidavit. You can download the ID theft affidavit or request a copy by calling toll-free 1-877-ID-THEFT (438-4338). You can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.

Use this helpful infographic (PDF) to help you remember the steps to take if your wallet or identity have been stolen.

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The 940 Tax Form 2012

940 tax form 2012 19. 940 tax form 2012   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. 940 tax form 2012 This chapter covers the student loan interest deduction, tuition and fees deduction, and the deduction for educator expenses. 940 tax form 2012 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. 940 tax form 2012 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. 940 tax form 2012 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. 940 tax form 2012 This deduction can reduce the amount of your income subject to tax by up to $2,500 in 2013. 940 tax form 2012 Table 19-1 summarizes the features of the student loan interest deduction. 940 tax form 2012 Table 19-1. 940 tax form 2012 Student Loan Interest Deduction at a Glance Do not rely on this table alone. 940 tax form 2012 Refer to the text for more details. 940 tax form 2012 Feature Description Maximum benefit You can reduce your income subject to tax by up to $2,500. 940 tax form 2012 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. 940 tax form 2012 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. 940 tax form 2012 Time limit on deduction You can deduct interest paid during the remaining period of your student loan. 940 tax form 2012 Phaseout The amount of your deduction depends on your income level. 940 tax form 2012 Student Loan Interest Defined Student loan interest is interest you paid during the year on a qualified student loan. 940 tax form 2012 It includes both required and voluntary interest payments. 940 tax form 2012 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. 940 tax form 2012 Loans from the following sources are not qualified student loans. 940 tax form 2012 A related person. 940 tax form 2012 A qualified employer plan. 940 tax form 2012 Exceptions. 940 tax form 2012   For purposes of the student loan interest deduction, the following are exceptions to the general rules for dependents. 940 tax form 2012 An individual can be your dependent even if you are the dependent of another taxpayer. 940 tax form 2012 An individual can be your dependent even if the individual files a joint return with a spouse. 940 tax form 2012 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). 940 tax form 2012    Reasonable period of time. 940 tax form 2012   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. 940 tax form 2012   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. 940 tax form 2012 The expenses relate to a specific academic period. 940 tax form 2012 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. 940 tax form 2012   If neither of the above situations applies, the reasonable period of time is determined based on all the relevant facts and circumstances. 940 tax form 2012 Academic period. 940 tax form 2012   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. 940 tax form 2012 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. 940 tax form 2012 Eligible student. 940 tax form 2012   This is a student who was enrolled at least half-time in a program leading to a degree, certificate, or other recognized educational credential. 940 tax form 2012 Enrolled at least half-time. 940 tax form 2012   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. 940 tax form 2012   The standard for what is half of the normal full-time work load is determined by each eligible educational institution. 940 tax form 2012 However, the standard may not be lower than any of those established by the U. 940 tax form 2012 S. 940 tax form 2012 Department of Education under the Higher Education Act of 1965. 940 tax form 2012 Related person. 940 tax form 2012   You cannot deduct interest on a loan you get from a related person. 940 tax form 2012 Related persons include: Your spouse, Your brothers and sisters, Your half brothers and half sisters, Your ancestors (parents, grandparents, etc. 940 tax form 2012 ), Your lineal descendants (children, grandchildren, etc. 940 tax form 2012 ), and Certain corporations, partnerships, trusts, and exempt organizations. 940 tax form 2012 Qualified employer plan. 940 tax form 2012   You cannot deduct interest on a loan made under a qualified employer plan or under a contract purchased under such a plan. 940 tax form 2012 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. 940 tax form 2012 They include amounts paid for the following items. 940 tax form 2012 Tuition and fees. 940 tax form 2012 Room and board. 940 tax form 2012 Books, supplies, and equipment. 940 tax form 2012 Other necessary expenses (such as transportation). 940 tax form 2012 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. 940 tax form 2012 Eligible educational institution. 940 tax form 2012   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. 940 tax form 2012 S. 940 tax form 2012 Department of Education. 940 tax form 2012 It includes virtually all accredited public, nonprofit, and proprietary (privately owned profit-making) postsecondary institutions. 940 tax form 2012   Certain educational institutions located outside the United States also participate in the U. 940 tax form 2012 S. 940 tax form 2012 Department of Education's Federal Student Aid (FSA) programs. 940 tax form 2012   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. 940 tax form 2012   An educational institution must meet the above criteria only during the academic period(s) for which the student loan was incurred. 940 tax form 2012 The deductibility of interest on the loan is not affected by the institution's subsequent loss of eligibility. 940 tax form 2012    The educational institution should be able to tell you if it is an eligible educational institution. 940 tax form 2012 Adjustments to qualified education expenses. 940 tax form 2012   You must reduce your qualified education expenses by certain tax-free items (such as the tax-free part of scholarships and fellowships). 940 tax form 2012 See chapter 4 of Publication 970 for details. 940 tax form 2012 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. 940 tax form 2012 Loan origination fee. 940 tax form 2012   In general, this is a one-time fee charged by the lender when a loan is made. 940 tax form 2012 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. 940 tax form 2012 A loan origination fee treated as interest accrues over the life of the loan. 940 tax form 2012 Capitalized interest. 940 tax form 2012    This is unpaid interest on a student loan that is added by the lender to the outstanding principal balance of the loan. 940 tax form 2012 Interest on revolving lines of credit. 940 tax form 2012   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. 940 tax form 2012 See Qualified Education Expenses , earlier. 940 tax form 2012 Interest on refinanced student loans. 940 tax form 2012   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. 940 tax form 2012 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. 940 tax form 2012 Voluntary interest payments. 940 tax form 2012   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. 940 tax form 2012 Do Not Include as Interest You cannot claim a student loan interest deduction for any of the following items. 940 tax form 2012 Interest you paid on a loan if, under the terms of the loan, you are not legally obligated to make interest payments. 940 tax form 2012 Loan origination fees that are payments for property or services provided by the lender, such as commitment fees or processing costs. 940 tax form 2012 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. 940 tax form 2012 For more information, see Student Loan Repayment Assistance in chapter 5 of Publication 970. 940 tax form 2012 Can You Claim the Deduction Generally, you can claim the deduction if all of the following requirements are met. 940 tax form 2012 Your filing status is any filing status except married filing separately. 940 tax form 2012 No one else is claiming an exemption for you on his or her tax return. 940 tax form 2012 You are legally obligated to pay interest on a qualified student loan. 940 tax form 2012 You paid interest on a qualified student loan. 940 tax form 2012 Interest paid by others. 940 tax form 2012   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. 940 tax form 2012 See chapter 4 of Publication 970 for more information. 940 tax form 2012 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). 940 tax form 2012 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. 940 tax form 2012 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). 940 tax form 2012 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). 940 tax form 2012 For details on figuring your MAGI, see chapter 4 of Publication 970. 940 tax form 2012 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. 940 tax form 2012 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. 940 tax form 2012 To help you figure your student loan interest deduction, you should receive Form 1098-E, Student Loan Interest Statement. 940 tax form 2012 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. 940 tax form 2012 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. 940 tax form 2012 Other interest payments, such as certain loan origination fees and capitalized interest, may not appear on the form you receive. 940 tax form 2012 However, if you pay qualifying interest that is not included on Form 1098-E, you can also deduct those amounts. 940 tax form 2012 For information on allocating payments between interest and principal, see chapter 4 of Publication 970. 940 tax form 2012 To claim the deduction, enter the allowable amount on Form 1040, line 33, or Form 1040A, line 18. 940 tax form 2012 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). 940 tax form 2012 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. 940 tax form 2012 The qualified expenses must be for higher education, as explained later under What Expenses Qualify . 940 tax form 2012 The tuition and fees deduction can reduce the amount of your income subject to tax by up to $4,000. 940 tax form 2012 Table 19-2 summarizes the features of the tuition and fees deduction. 940 tax form 2012 You may be able to take a credit for your education expenses instead of a deduction. 940 tax form 2012 You can choose the one that will give you the lower tax. 940 tax form 2012 See chapter 35, Education Credits, for details about the credits. 940 tax form 2012 Can You Claim the Deduction The following rules will help you determine if you can claim the tuition and fees deduction. 940 tax form 2012 Who Can Claim the Deduction Generally, you can claim the tuition and fees deduction if all three of the following requirements are met. 940 tax form 2012 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. 940 tax form 2012 You paid the education expenses for an eligible student. 940 tax form 2012 The eligible student is yourself, your spouse, or your dependent for whom you claim an exemption (defined in chapter 3) on your tax return. 940 tax form 2012 Qualified education expenses are defined under What Expenses Qualify . 940 tax form 2012 Eligible students are defined later under Who Is an Eligible Student . 940 tax form 2012 Who Cannot Claim the Deduction You cannot claim the tuition and fees deduction if any of the following apply. 940 tax form 2012 Your filing status is married filing separately. 940 tax form 2012 Another person can claim an exemption for you as a dependent on his or her tax return. 940 tax form 2012 You cannot take the deduction even if the other person does not actually claim that exemption. 940 tax form 2012 Your modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) is more than $80,000 ($160,000 if filing a joint return). 940 tax form 2012 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. 940 tax form 2012 More information on nonresident aliens can be found in Publication 519, U. 940 tax form 2012 S. 940 tax form 2012 Tax Guide for Aliens. 940 tax form 2012 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. 940 tax form 2012 However, a state tax credit will not disqualify you from claiming a tuition and fees deduction. 940 tax form 2012 Table 19-2. 940 tax form 2012 Tuition and Fees Deduction at a Glance Do not rely on this table alone. 940 tax form 2012 Refer to the text for more details. 940 tax form 2012 Question   Answer What is the maximum benefit?   You can reduce your income subject to tax by up to $4,000. 940 tax form 2012 Where is the deduction taken?   As an adjustment to income on Form 1040, line 34, or Form 1040A, line 19. 940 tax form 2012 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. 940 tax form 2012 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. 940 tax form 2012 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. 940 tax form 2012 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. 940 tax form 2012 Payments with borrowed funds. 940 tax form 2012   You can claim a tuition and fees deduction for qualified education expenses paid with the proceeds of a loan. 940 tax form 2012 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. 940 tax form 2012 Treat loan payments sent directly to the educational institution as paid on the date the institution credits the student's account. 940 tax form 2012 Student withdraws from class(es). 940 tax form 2012   You can claim a tuition and fees deduction for qualified education expenses not refunded when a student withdraws. 940 tax form 2012 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. 940 tax form 2012 Eligible educational institution. 940 tax form 2012   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. 940 tax form 2012 S. 940 tax form 2012 Department of Education. 940 tax form 2012 It includes virtually all accredited public, nonprofit, and proprietary (privately owned profit-making) postsecondary institutions. 940 tax form 2012 The educational institution should be able to tell you if it is an eligible educational institution. 940 tax form 2012   Certain educational institutions located outside the United States also participate in the U. 940 tax form 2012 S. 940 tax form 2012 Department of Education's Federal Student Aid (FSA) programs. 940 tax form 2012 Academic period. 940 tax form 2012    An academic period is any quarter, semester, trimester, or any other period of study as reasonably determined by an eligible educational institution. 940 tax form 2012 If an eligible educational institution uses credit hours and does not have academic terms, each payment period may be treated as an academic period. 940 tax form 2012 Related expenses. 940 tax form 2012   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. 940 tax form 2012 Prepaid expenses. 940 tax form 2012   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. 940 tax form 2012 See Academic period, earlier. 940 tax form 2012 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. 940 tax form 2012    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. 940 tax form 2012 No Double Benefit Allowed You cannot do any of the following. 940 tax form 2012 Deduct qualified education expenses you deduct under any other provision of the law, for example, as a business expense. 940 tax form 2012 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. 940 tax form 2012 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). 940 tax form 2012 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. 940 tax form 2012 See Figuring the Taxable Portion of a Distribution in chapter 7 (Coverdell ESA) and chapter 8 (QTP) of Publication 970. 940 tax form 2012 Deduct qualified education expenses that have been paid with tax-free interest on U. 940 tax form 2012 S. 940 tax form 2012 savings bonds (Form 8815). 940 tax form 2012 See Figuring the Tax-Free Amount in chapter 10 of Publication 970. 940 tax form 2012 Deduct qualified education expenses that have been paid with tax-free educational assistance such as a scholarship, grant, or employer-provided educational assistance. 940 tax form 2012 See Adjustments to qualified education expenses, later. 940 tax form 2012 Adjustments to qualified education expenses. 940 tax form 2012   For each student, reduce the qualified education expenses paid by or on behalf of that student under the following rules. 940 tax form 2012 The result is the amount of adjusted qualified education expenses for each student. 940 tax form 2012 Tax-free educational assistance. 940 tax form 2012   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. 940 tax form 2012 See Academic period, earlier. 940 tax form 2012   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. 940 tax form 2012 Generally, any scholarship or fellowship you receive is treated as tax-free educational assistance. 940 tax form 2012 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. 940 tax form 2012 970, chapter 1. 940 tax form 2012 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. 940 tax form 2012 970, chapter 1. 940 tax form 2012 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. 940 tax form 2012 For details, see Adjustments to Qualified Education Expenses in chapter 6 of Pub. 940 tax form 2012 970. 940 tax form 2012 Some tax-free educational assistance received in 2013 may be treated as a refund of qualified education expenses paid in 2013. 940 tax form 2012 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). 940 tax form 2012 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. 940 tax form 2012 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. 940 tax form 2012 Refunds. 940 tax form 2012   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. 940 tax form 2012 See chapter 6 of Pub. 940 tax form 2012 970 for more information. 940 tax form 2012 Some tax-free educational assistance received after 2013 may be treated as a refund. 940 tax form 2012 See Tax-free educational assistance, earlier. 940 tax form 2012 Refunds received in 2013. 940 tax form 2012    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. 940 tax form 2012 Refunds received after 2013 but before your income tax return is filed. 940 tax form 2012   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. 940 tax form 2012 Refunds received after 2013 and after your income tax return is filed. 940 tax form 2012   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. 940 tax form 2012 See chapter 6 of Pub. 940 tax form 2012 970 for more information. 940 tax form 2012 Coordination with Coverdell education savings accounts and qualified tuition programs. 940 tax form 2012    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). 940 tax form 2012 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. 940 tax form 2012 Amounts that do not reduce qualified education expenses. 940 tax form 2012   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. 940 tax form 2012   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. 940 tax form 2012 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. 940 tax form 2012 The use of the money is not restricted. 940 tax form 2012 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. 940 tax form 2012 This is true even if the amount must be paid to the institution as a condition of enrollment or attendance. 940 tax form 2012 Sports, games, hobbies, and noncredit courses. 940 tax form 2012   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. 940 tax form 2012 However, if the course of instruction or other education is part of the student's degree program, these expenses can qualify. 940 tax form 2012 Comprehensive or bundled fees. 940 tax form 2012   Some eligible educational institutions combine all of their fees for an academic period into one amount. 940 tax form 2012 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. 940 tax form 2012 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. 940 tax form 2012 See How Do You Figure the Deduction , later, for more information about Form 1098-T. 940 tax form 2012 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). 940 tax form 2012 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. 940 tax form 2012 Table 19-3 summarizes who can claim the deduction. 940 tax form 2012 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. 940 tax form 2012 For details on figuring your MAGI, see chapter 6 of Publication 970. 940 tax form 2012 How Do You Figure the Deduction Figure the deduction using Form 8917. 940 tax form 2012 To help you figure your tuition and fees deduction, you should receive Form 1098-T, Tuition Statement. 940 tax form 2012 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. 940 tax form 2012 To claim the deduction, enter the allowable amount on Form 1040, line 34, or Form 1040A, line 19, and attach your completed Form 8917. 940 tax form 2012 Table 19-3. 940 tax form 2012 Who Can Claim a Dependent's Expenses Do not rely on this table alone. 940 tax form 2012 See Who Can Claim a Dependent's Expenses in chapter 6 of Publication 970. 940 tax form 2012 IF your dependent is an eligible student and you. 940 tax form 2012 . 940 tax form 2012 . 940 tax form 2012 AND. 940 tax form 2012 . 940 tax form 2012 . 940 tax form 2012 THEN. 940 tax form 2012 . 940 tax form 2012 . 940 tax form 2012 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. 940 tax form 2012 Your dependent cannot take a deduction. 940 tax form 2012 claim an exemption for your dependent your dependent paid all qualified education expenses no one is allowed to take a deduction. 940 tax form 2012 do not claim an exemption for your dependent you paid all qualified education expenses no one is allowed to take a deduction. 940 tax form 2012 do not claim an exemption for your dependent your dependent paid all qualified education expenses no one is allowed to take a deduction. 940 tax form 2012 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. 940 tax form 2012 If you and your spouse are filing jointly and both of you were eligible educators, the maximum deduction is $500. 940 tax form 2012 However, neither spouse can deduct more than $250 of his or her qualified expenses on Form 1040, line 23, or Form 1040A, line 16. 940 tax form 2012 You may be able to deduct expenses that are more than the $250 (or $500) limit on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21. 940 tax form 2012 Eligible educator. 940 tax form 2012   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. 940 tax form 2012 Qualified expenses. 940 tax form 2012   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. 940 tax form 2012 An ordinary expense is one that is common and accepted in your educational field. 940 tax form 2012 A necessary expense is one that is helpful and appropriate for your profession as an educator. 940 tax form 2012 An expense does not have to be required to be considered necessary. 940 tax form 2012   Qualified expenses do not include expenses for home schooling or for nonathletic supplies for courses in health or physical education. 940 tax form 2012   You must reduce your qualified expenses by the following amounts. 940 tax form 2012 Excludable U. 940 tax form 2012 S. 940 tax form 2012 series EE and I savings bond interest from Form 8815. 940 tax form 2012 See Figuring the Tax-Free Amount in chapter 10 of Publication 970. 940 tax form 2012 Nontaxable qualified tuition program earnings or distributions. 940 tax form 2012 See Figuring the Taxable Portion of a Distribution in chapter 8 of Publication 970. 940 tax form 2012 Nontaxable distribution of earnings from a Coverdell education savings account. 940 tax form 2012 See Figuring the Taxable Portion of a Distribution in chapter 7 of Publication 970. 940 tax form 2012 Any reimbursements you received for these expenses that were not reported to you in box 1 of your Form W-2. 940 tax form 2012 Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications