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I didnt apply for the AOC my first 3 years of doing taxes while a full time student. How do I correct it?

I was a full time student in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. I got the AOC this year but i didnt know about it my prior 3 years.
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MinhT
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I didnt apply for the AOC my first 3 years of doing taxes while a full time student. How do I correct it?

If you received forms 1098-T from your college for 2013, 2014 and 2015 and did not claim the American Opportunity Credit, you need to amend your tax returns for those 3 years. Please note that for 2013, you need to file your amended return by April 15, 2017 otherwise it will be too late. For 2014 and 2015, you have more time.

To amend your returns, please follow the instructions in this TurboTax FAQ:

https://ttlc.intuit.com/replies/3288565


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I didnt apply for the AOC my first 3 years of doing taxes while a full time student. How do I correct it?

How does amending work if i got a refund? Will i need to pay that back somehow? Or only recieve the AOC and not worry about my refund?
MinhT
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I didnt apply for the AOC my first 3 years of doing taxes while a full time student. How do I correct it?

When you amend, if you are eligible for the AOC, TurboTax will calculate the amount and show it on the amended return. The amount shown on the amended return is the amount of a new refund for the AOC. You do not need to worry about the refunds you have already received.
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