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
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.
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.
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