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Turbo tax isn't giving me the option to choose a dependent when I enter a 1098 T. Is defaults to me - as if I'm the student, I am not. How can I get it to populate my son

I've confirmed that all my children are entered and qualify as dependents. I need to enter (2) 1098 T forms - one for each son. But when I go to add them, it doesn't give me the option to choose who the 1098 T is for.
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Employee Tax Expert

Turbo tax isn't giving me the option to choose a dependent when I enter a 1098 T. Is defaults to me - as if I'm the student, I am not. How can I get it to populate my son

 You need to make sure that you completed all the dependent setup information prior to entering the 1098-T information into TurboTax.  It sounds like you might have started entering the 1098-Ts before all the dependent info was completed.  Please delete any entered 1098-T information and review the Dependent Info setup screens again to insure all the birthdate, social security numbers, etc. is completed.  After you are confident the dependents are setup completely, re-enter the 1098-T information into the Expenses and Scholarships (Form 1098-T) screens.

 

Here are some other options to review for eligibility of the American Opportunity Credit:

  • Your filing status cannot be Married Filing Separately.
  • Your student cannot be claimed as a dependent on someone else's return
  • You did not claim the American Opportunity credit for more than the 3 previous years
  • Is enrolled at least 1/2 time in a program leading to a degree.

The American Opportunity Credit can be used not only for tuition paid but also books and supplies needed for enrollment.

 

Click Here for more information on the American Opportunity Credit

 

New Member

Turbo tax isn't giving me the option to choose a dependent when I enter a 1098 T. Is defaults to me - as if I'm the student, I am not. How can I get it to populate my son

I completed all of the dependent setup steps before entering the 1098 Ts but to be safe I cleared my return and started over. I went through the setup again and once again, my dependents are not listed for me to choose from to assign the 1098Ts to. It’s still defaulting to me as the student and I am not. 

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Turbo tax isn't giving me the option to choose a dependent when I enter a 1098 T. Is defaults to me - as if I'm the student, I am not. How can I get it to populate my son

Go through the entire education interview until you reach a screen titled "Your Education Expenses Summary".  Click delete next to the student's name (you cannot change  it and you cannot save your entered info).  After you confirm your deletion, the next screen will allow you to add a student.

New Member

Turbo tax isn't giving me the option to choose a dependent when I enter a 1098 T. Is defaults to me - as if I'm the student, I am not. How can I get it to populate my son

I’ve done this many times and each time I add a student, it adds me. It doesn’t give me an option to add someone besides myself. 

New Member

Turbo tax isn't giving me the option to choose a dependent when I enter a 1098 T. Is defaults to me - as if I'm the student, I am not. How can I get it to populate my son

This still hasn’t been fixed... any other suggestions?

Employee Tax Expert

Turbo tax isn't giving me the option to choose a dependent when I enter a 1098 T. Is defaults to me - as if I'm the student, I am not. How can I get it to populate my son

Perhaps it is a browser issue.  If you are working with the TurboTax App sign out and try using a browser instead.  Also, once in the browser try clearing the cache.  Here is a link with helpful instructions if needed.   

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