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I recently received a notice that I had paid over $600 towards my son's interest on a school loan. Could I have claimed that on my taxes?

 
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I recently received a notice that I had paid over $600 towards my son's interest on a school loan. Could I have claimed that on my taxes?

STUDENT LOAN INTEREST

Only the person whose name is on the student loan and who is legally obligated to pay the loan can deduct the student loan interest.  If you did not sign or co-sign for the loan you cannot deduct the interest.

You cannot deduct student loan interest if you are being claimed as someone else’s dependent, or if you are filing as married filing separately.

The student loan interest deduction can reduce your taxable income by up to $2500

There is a phaseout for the Student loan interest deduction, which means the amount you can deduct gets reduced when your modified adjusted gross income hits certain income levels and is even eliminated at certain income levels -  

• If your filing status is single, head of household, or qualifying widow(er), then the phaseout begins at $65,000 until $80,000, after which the deduction is eliminated entirely.

• If your filing status is married filing joint, then the phaseout beings at  $130,000 until $160,000, after which the deduction is eliminated entirely.

 Enter the interest you paid for your student loan by going to Federal>Deductions and Credits>Education>Student Loan Interest Paid in 2016 (Form 1098E)

Look on your tax form to see your student loan interest deduction:

Form 1040A  line 18   or Form 1040  line 33

https://www.irs.gov/help/ita/can-i-claim-a-deduction-for-student-loan-interest

**Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to offer the most correct information possible. The poster disclaims any legal responsibility for the accuracy of the information that is contained in this post.**

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I recently received a notice that I had paid over $600 towards my son's interest on a school loan. Could I have claimed that on my taxes?

STUDENT LOAN INTEREST

Only the person whose name is on the student loan and who is legally obligated to pay the loan can deduct the student loan interest.  If you did not sign or co-sign for the loan you cannot deduct the interest.

You cannot deduct student loan interest if you are being claimed as someone else’s dependent, or if you are filing as married filing separately.

The student loan interest deduction can reduce your taxable income by up to $2500

There is a phaseout for the Student loan interest deduction, which means the amount you can deduct gets reduced when your modified adjusted gross income hits certain income levels and is even eliminated at certain income levels -  

• If your filing status is single, head of household, or qualifying widow(er), then the phaseout begins at $65,000 until $80,000, after which the deduction is eliminated entirely.

• If your filing status is married filing joint, then the phaseout beings at  $130,000 until $160,000, after which the deduction is eliminated entirely.

 Enter the interest you paid for your student loan by going to Federal>Deductions and Credits>Education>Student Loan Interest Paid in 2016 (Form 1098E)

Look on your tax form to see your student loan interest deduction:

Form 1040A  line 18   or Form 1040  line 33

https://www.irs.gov/help/ita/can-i-claim-a-deduction-for-student-loan-interest

**Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to offer the most correct information possible. The poster disclaims any legal responsibility for the accuracy of the information that is contained in this post.**

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I recently received a notice that I had paid over $600 towards my son's interest on a school loan. Could I have claimed that on my taxes?

Thank you for that information.  Since I didn't list it on my tax return is it worth to do a corrected return?
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