I got my 1098 T form from grad school (full-time student, still in school), however after I filled out all the information that was checked on my form, it came out to be zero. Last year for 2018, I got my $1000, which the amount was around 12900. This time when I got my form the box 1 was around 30,000 which I am guessing combining 3 semesters of the tuition fee. Why can I not get the $1000 refund of the expense...?
what is in Box 1?
what is in Box 5?
the credit is a function of the net of these two items. Let's start with that.
did you have a job last year and not this year?
also, go back and look closely at how you answered each and every question.
For Box 1: Payments received for qualified
tuition and related expenses: 38,826.00
For Box 5: nothing there because I did not get any scholarship
I did work part-time, last year and also did this year, just waiting to get my W-2 form so I skipped that part
I did answer all of the question correctly.
I wouldn't panic until you enter the W-2. The credit is against other taxes owed, but if you have no income (which temporarily you don't since the W-2 isn't there yet), there would be no tax credit.
As box 1 exceeds box 5, on the surface you would be eligible for the credit.
I also assume you are NOT a dependent of someone else (i.e. parents)
without knowing you income earned and doing the tax return, i wouldn't know. But I do know that if there is no income, there is no income tax so there is no credit.
Did you do your taxes via TT last year? are you a dependent of anyone else (i.e. your parents?)