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I believe there is a bug in the Turbotax software for tax year 2018 regarding 529 withdrawals and qualified educational expenses.

I withdrew $70,342 from my 529 Plan for my daughter's qualified educational expenses of the same amount (tuition, books and room and board).  Turbotax is reducing my qualified education expenses by $10,000, calling it an adjustment "used for credit or deduction" resulting in a tax liability.  Not sure what this deduction is, as I have never deducted 529 contributions from my Federal return.  Last year this was not an issue.  I read through the IRS documentation and do not see any reference to this $10,000 adjustment.  The only credit I am eligible for is the "qualified higher education expense for 529 plan".  I believe there is an error in the Turbotax software.  Please help!

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I believe there is a bug in the Turbotax software for tax year 2018 regarding 529 withdrawals and qualified educational expenses.

You've input the 1098-T from the school already?
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I believe there is a bug in the Turbotax software for tax year 2018 regarding 529 withdrawals and qualified educational expenses.

Yes, I have entered the 1098-T and the 1099-Q
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Level 9

I believe there is a bug in the Turbotax software for tax year 2018 regarding 529 withdrawals and qualified educational expenses.

Did your 1098T have an amount in box 5?  Or did you indicate you wished to use part of your payments to qualify for an education credit?  I'm currently not familiar with that part of the program yet, but you can't use the same expense for an education credit and for tax-free 529 plan withdrawal.  Just got my son's 1098T last night.
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I believe there is a bug in the Turbotax software for tax year 2018 regarding 529 withdrawals and qualified educational expenses.

No, there were no scholarships or grants
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New Member

I believe there is a bug in the Turbotax software for tax year 2018 regarding 529 withdrawals and qualified educational expenses.

I agree with you. This appears to be a bug. You can wait to see if they correct it before you file or you can go to forms view and find the student info worksheet - the adjusted higher education expenses applied is a editable field.
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Level 15

I believe there is a bug in the Turbotax software for tax year 2018 regarding 529 withdrawals and qualified educational expenses.

Ok ... the program is trying to help you out ... you can use up to $10K to "pay" qualifying expenses to get the AOC of $2500  ... to do this $10k of the 529 plan distributions will need to be entered as income on your child's tax return and since the standard deduction for a Single dependent is $12K they will not owe taxes on that amount so it is a win win situation.  Of course if the child has other income to report they may owe a couple of dollars but you still get the AOC. 

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Returning Member

I believe there is a bug in the Turbotax software for tax year 2018 regarding 529 withdrawals and qualified educational expenses.

It doesn't appear to be fixed in the 2019  TurboTax software.

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I believe there is a bug in the Turbotax software for tax year 2018 regarding 529 withdrawals and qualified educational expenses.

Yep, still not fixed in 2019. How annoying. Cost me a lot of time last year, and took a while this year before dejavu set in and I started to remember 2018's struggles. Here's a forum thread from last year:

 

https://ttlc.intuit.com/community/college-education/discussion/i-am-not-eligible-for-a-tuition-and-f...

 

If you are using the desktop version, go to Forms -> Student Info Wk -> Part VI Education Expense and change the $10,000 in line 17 to $0.

 

This really should be handled through an interview question.

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Employee Tax Expert

I believe there is a bug in the Turbotax software for tax year 2018 regarding 529 withdrawals and qualified educational expenses.

Note that if you qualify for one of the education credits (American Opportunity or Lifetime Learning) it is almost always better to use education expenses for those credits first, even if part of your 529 plan distribution (the earnings) becomes taxable.

 

So, when you go to that line 17 on the Student Info Wk, you may want to use $4,000 instead of zero.  That may give you the lowest tax, even if part of your 529 plan distribution is taxed.  One of the exceptions to the 529 plan 10% additional tax is using expenses for an eligible credit.

 

And yes, the screen for that in TurboTax for that is harder to find than it should be.

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