Article Highlights: American Opportunity Tax Credit Lifetime Learning Credit Who Gets the Credit? Qualified Tuition and Related Expenses Eligible Educational Institutions Form 1098-T Scholarships Tax Fraud As with everything taxes, the devil is in the details, and that includes the education tax credits, which come in two types with some different rules for each. Many…

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Article Highlights:   Home Equity Loan Home Equity Interest Deduction Alternative Minimum Tax Above-the-Line Interest Deduction Qualified Expenses If you are considering borrowing funds to finance your college education or that of your spouse or children, it is important that you understand that the student loan interest deduction is not limited to the interest paid…

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Article Highlights: Sec. 529 Plans Saving for College Elementary and Secondary School Tuition ABLE Account Transfers Tax reform added some new taxpayer-advantageous changes to college savings plans. These plans are also known as qualified tuition programs (QTPs) or Sec. 529 plans, named after the part of the Internal Revenue Code that established them. Background: Sec.…

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Article Highlights: Purpose of Qualified Tuition Plans Gift Tax Implications Special Five-Year Election Change of Beneficiary Eligible Expenses Direct Payment of Tuition Qualified tuition plans (QTPs) provide a means for family members and others to save for the future educational needs of children. Investment earnings within a QTP account are tax deferred and not taxable…

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