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tamidan63
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Higher education credit

Can we get qualified higher education credits on our return if the person going to college can be claimed as a dependent on our return and filed his own return?
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ChrisJ
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Higher education credit

If you claim an exemption on your tax return for an eligible student who is your dependent, treat any expenses paid (or deemed paid) by your dependent as if you had paid them.

If you don't claim your dependent's exemption for a dependent who is an eligible student (even if you're entitled to claim the exemption): only the dependent can claim the credit on their own return. 

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ChrisJ
New Member

Higher education credit

If you claim an exemption on your tax return for an eligible student who is your dependent, treat any expenses paid (or deemed paid) by your dependent as if you had paid them.

If you don't claim your dependent's exemption for a dependent who is an eligible student (even if you're entitled to claim the exemption): only the dependent can claim the credit on their own return. 

corgi
Returning Member

Higher education credit

ChrisJ: thanks for your answer.  I'm not a dependent on anyone else's return and had income for 8 months last year before starting an MBA program.  So I'm able to deduct "higher education expenses"?  thanks again.

Hal_Al
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Higher education credit

@corgi 

Grad school is not eligible for the more generous American Opportunity credit (AOTC) but is eligible for the non refundable Lifetime Learning Credit (LLC). The LLC is 20% of tuition, up to $10K.  A non refundable credit can only be used to reduce an actual tax liability. 

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