Sonoma County CPA : Back-to-School Education Tax Credits

August 10th, 2015 → 11:08 pm @ // No Comments

Sonoma County CPA

If you, your spouse or a dependent are heading off to college in the fall, some of your costs may save you money at tax time–just ask any Sonoma County CPA. You may be able to claim a tax credit on your federal tax return. Here are some key IRS tips that you should know about tax credits:

  • American Opportunity Tax Credit. The AOTC is worth up to $2,500 per year for an eligible student. You may claim this credit only for the first four years of higher education. Forty percent of the AOTC is refundable. That means if you are eligible, you can get up to $1,000 of the credit as a refund, even if you do not owe any taxes.
  • Lifetime Learning Credit.  The LLC is worth up to $2,000 on your tax return. There is no limit on the number of years that you can claim the LLC for an eligible student.
  • One credit per student. You can claim only one type of education credit per student on your tax return each year. If more than one student qualifies for a credit in the same year, you can claim a different credit for each student. For instance, …Read More

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