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DEDUCTIBLE TUITION AND EDUCATION FEES

The tax deduction for tuition and fees for postsecondary education can reduce taxable income by as much as $4,000 in 2010. This deduction is taken as an adjustment to income, which means you can claim the deduction even if you don’t itemize deductions (Form 1040, Schedule A).

Eligibility

Taxpayer:

  • Must file a federal tax return
  • Must claim an eligible student (see below) as a dependent, or be an eligible student

Student:

  • Must be enrolled in one or more courses at an eligible educational institution

You cannot:

  • Deduct qualified education expenses that you deduct under any other provision of the law (for example, as a business expense)
  • Deduct qualified education expenses for a student on your income tax return if you or anyone else eligible claims a Hope or lifetime learning credit for that same student in the same year.

How to get a deduction

You can claim the deduction from form 8917. Enter the qualified tuition and fee amount on Form 1040, line 34, or Form 1040A, line 19.

More information

IRS Publication 970 – Tax Benefits for Education (chapter 6)

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