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Free 2011 taxes 10. Free 2011 taxes   Education Savings Bond Program Table of Contents Introduction Who Can Cash In Bonds Tax FreeAdjusted qualified education expenses. Free 2011 taxes Eligible educational institution. Free 2011 taxes Dependent for whom you claim an exemption. Free 2011 taxes MAGI when using Form 1040A. Free 2011 taxes MAGI when using Form 1040. Free 2011 taxes Figuring the Tax-Free AmountEffect of the Amount of Your Income on the Amount of Your Exclusion Claiming the Exclusion Introduction Generally, you must pay tax on the interest earned on U. Free 2011 taxes S. Free 2011 taxes savings bonds. Free 2011 taxes If you do not include the interest in income in the years it is earned, you must include it in your income in the year in which you cash in the bonds. Free 2011 taxes However, when you cash in certain savings bonds under an education savings bond program, you may be able to exclude the interest from income. Free 2011 taxes Who Can Cash In Bonds Tax Free You may be able to cash in qualified U. Free 2011 taxes S. Free 2011 taxes savings bonds without having to include in your income some or all of the interest earned on the bonds if you meet the following conditions. Free 2011 taxes You pay qualified education expenses for yourself, your spouse, or a dependent for whom you claim an exemption on your return. Free 2011 taxes Your modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) is less than the amount specified for your filing status. Free 2011 taxes Your filing status is not married filing separately. Free 2011 taxes Qualified U. Free 2011 taxes S. Free 2011 taxes savings bonds. Free 2011 taxes   A qualified U. Free 2011 taxes S. Free 2011 taxes savings bond is a series EE bond issued after 1989 or a series I bond. Free 2011 taxes The bond must be issued either in your name (as the sole owner) or in the name of both you and your spouse (as co-owners). 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Free 2011 taxes   If you file Form 1040, your MAGI is the AGI on line 38 of that form figured without taking into account any savings bond interest exclusion and modified by adding back any: Foreign earned income exclusion, Foreign housing exclusion, Foreign housing deduction, Exclusion of income by bona fide residents of American Samoa, Exclusion of income by bona fide residents of Puerto Rico, Exclusion for adoption benefits received under an employer's adoption assistance program, Deduction for student loan interest, Deduction for tuition and fees, and Deduction for domestic production activities. Free 2011 taxes    Use the worksheet in the instructions for line 9 of Form 8815 to figure your MAGI. Free 2011 taxes If you claim any of the exclusion or deduction items (1)–(6) listed above, add the amount of the exclusion or deduction to the amount on line 5 of the worksheet. 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