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Free e-file state taxes only 10. Free e-file state taxes only   Education Savings Bond Program Table of Contents Introduction Who Can Cash In Bonds Tax FreeAdjusted qualified education expenses. Free e-file state taxes only Eligible educational institution. Free e-file state taxes only Dependent for whom you claim an exemption. Free e-file state taxes only MAGI when using Form 1040A. Free e-file state taxes only MAGI when using Form 1040. Free e-file state taxes only 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 e-file state taxes only S. Free e-file state taxes only savings bonds. Free e-file state taxes only 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 e-file state taxes only 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 e-file state taxes only Who Can Cash In Bonds Tax Free You may be able to cash in qualified U. Free e-file state taxes only S. Free e-file state taxes only 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 e-file state taxes only You pay qualified education expenses for yourself, your spouse, or a dependent for whom you claim an exemption on your return. Free e-file state taxes only Your modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) is less than the amount specified for your filing status. Free e-file state taxes only Your filing status is not married filing separately. Free e-file state taxes only Qualified U. Free e-file state taxes only S. Free e-file state taxes only savings bonds. Free e-file state taxes only   A qualified U. Free e-file state taxes only S. Free e-file state taxes only savings bond is a series EE bond issued after 1989 or a series I bond. Free e-file state taxes only 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). Free e-file state taxes only   The owner must be at least 24 years old before the bond's issue date. Free e-file state taxes only The issue date is printed on the front of the savings bond. Free e-file state taxes only    The issue date is not necessarily the date of purchase—it will be the first day of the month in which the bond is purchased (or posted, if bought electronically). Free e-file state taxes only Qualified education expenses. Free e-file state taxes only   These include the following items you pay for either yourself, your spouse, or a dependent for whom you claim an exemption. Free e-file state taxes only Tuition and fees required to enroll at or attend an eligible educational institution. Free e-file state taxes only Qualified education expenses do not include expenses for room and board or for courses involving sports, games, or hobbies that are not part of a degree or certificate granting program. Free e-file state taxes only Contributions to a qualified tuition program (QTP) (see How Much Can You Contribute in chapter 8, Qualified Tuition Program). Free e-file state taxes only Contributions to a Coverdell education savings account (ESA) (see Contributions in chapter 7, Coverdell Education Savings Account). Free e-file state taxes only Adjusted qualified education expenses. Free e-file state taxes only   You must reduce your qualified education expenses by all of the following tax-free benefits. Free e-file state taxes only Tax-free part of scholarships and fellowships (see Tax-Free Scholarships and Fellowships in chapter 1, Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants, and Tuition Reductions). Free e-file state taxes only Expenses used to figure the tax-free portion of distributions from a Coverdell ESA (see Qualified Education Expenses in chapter 7, Coverdell Education Savings Account). Free e-file state taxes only Expenses used to figure the tax-free portion of distributions from a QTP (see Qualified education expenses in chapter 8, Qualified Tuition Program). Free e-file state taxes only Any tax-free payments (other than gifts or inheritances) received as educational assistance, such as: Veterans' educational assistance benefits (see Veterans' Benefits in chapter 1, Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants, and Tuition Reductions), Qualified tuition reductions (see Qualified Tuition Reduction in chapter 1, Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants, and Tuition Reductions), or Employer-provided educational assistance (see chapter 11, Employer-Provided Educational Assistance ). Free e-file state taxes only Any expenses used in figuring the American opportunity and lifetime learning credits. Free e-file state taxes only See What Expenses Qualify in chapter 2, American Opportunity Credit, and What Expenses Qualify in chapter 3, Lifetime Learning Credit, for more information. Free e-file state taxes only Eligible educational institution. Free e-file state taxes only   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. Free e-file state taxes only S. Free e-file state taxes only Department of Education. Free e-file state taxes only It includes virtually all accredited public, nonprofit, and proprietary (privately owned profit-making) postsecondary institutions. Free e-file state taxes only The educational institution should be able to tell you if it is an eligible educational institution. Free e-file state taxes only   Certain educational institutions located outside the United States also participate in the U. Free e-file state taxes only S. Free e-file state taxes only Department of Education's Federal Student Aid (FSA) programs. Free e-file state taxes only Dependent for whom you claim an exemption. Free e-file state taxes only   You claim an exemption for a person if you list his or her name and other required information on Form 1040 (or Form 1040A), line 6c. Free e-file state taxes only Modified adjusted gross income (MAGI). Free e-file state taxes only   For most taxpayers, MAGI is adjusted gross income (AGI) as figured on their federal income tax return without taking into account this interest exclusion. Free e-file state taxes only However, as discussed below, there may be other modifications. Free e-file state taxes only MAGI when using Form 1040A. Free e-file state taxes only   If you file Form 1040A, your MAGI is the AGI on line 22 of that form figured without taking into account any savings bond interest exclusion and modified by adding back any amount on line 18 (student loan interest deduction) and line 19 (tuition and fees deduction). Free e-file state taxes only MAGI when using Form 1040. Free e-file state taxes only   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 e-file state taxes only    Use the worksheet in the instructions for line 9 of Form 8815 to figure your MAGI. Free e-file state taxes only 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. Free e-file state taxes only Do not add in the deduction for (7) student loan interest, and (8) tuition and fees, or (9) domestic production activities because line 4 of the worksheet already includes these amounts. Free e-file state taxes only Enter the total on Form 8815, line 9, as your modified adjusted gross income (MAGI). Free e-file state taxes only    Because the deduction for interest expenses attributable to royalties and other investments is limited to your net investment income, you cannot figure the deduction until you have figured this interest exclusion. Free e-file state taxes only Therefore, if you had interest expenses attributable to royalties and deductible on Schedule E (Form 1040), Supplemental Income and Loss, you must make a special computation of your deductible interest without regard to this exclusion to figure the net royalty income included in your MAGI. Free e-file state taxes only See Royalties included in MAGI under Education Savings Bond Program in Publication 550, chapter 1. Free e-file state taxes only Figuring the Tax-Free Amount If the total you receive when you cash in the bonds is not more than the adjusted qualified education expenses for the year, all of the interest on the bonds may be tax free. Free e-file state taxes only However, if the total you receive when you cash in the bonds is more than the adjusted expenses, only part of the interest may be tax free. Free e-file state taxes only To determine the tax-free amount, multiply the interest part of the proceeds by a fraction. Free e-file state taxes only The numerator (top part) of the fraction is the adjusted qualified education expenses (AQEE) you paid during the year. Free e-file state taxes only The denominator (bottom part) of the fraction is the total proceeds you received during the year. Free e-file state taxes only Example. Free e-file state taxes only In February 2013, Mark and Joan Washington, a married couple, cashed a qualified series EE U. Free e-file state taxes only S. Free e-file state taxes only savings bond. Free e-file state taxes only They received proceeds of $9,000, representing principal of $6,000 and interest of $3,000. Free e-file state taxes only In 2013, they paid $7,650 of their daughter's college tuition. Free e-file state taxes only They are not claiming an American opportunity or lifetime learning credit for those expenses, and their daughter does not have any tax-free educational assistance. Free e-file state taxes only Their MAGI for 2013 was $80,000. Free e-file state taxes only   $3,000 interest × $7,650 AQEE  $9,000 proceeds = $2,550 tax-free interest   They can exclude $2,550 of interest in 2013. Free e-file state taxes only They must pay tax on the remaining $450 ($3,000 − $2,550) interest. Free e-file state taxes only Effect of the Amount of Your Income on the Amount of Your Exclusion The amount of your interest exclusion is gradually reduced (phased out) based on your MAGI and filing status. Free e-file state taxes only Claiming the Exclusion Use Form 8815 to figure your education savings bond interest exclusion. Free e-file state taxes only Enter your exclusion on line 3 of Schedule B (Form 1040A or 1040), Interest and Ordinary Dividends. Free e-file state taxes only Attach Form 8815 to your tax return. Free e-file state taxes only Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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