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What do I do if my college never generates a 1098t form for me

I went to school for 6 months I paid tuition and got loans however the school did not generate a form for me and they will not help me what should I do
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What do I do if my college never generates a 1098t form for me

There are some schools that are not required to issue a 1098-T.

You can still file and claim what you paid in educational expenses if you think your school is not require to issue a 1098-T. You can use the information from your student account file.

Print and save a copy of your student record with your tax return.

Make sure you report what you paid in 2016.

Make sure you have and keep records in case the IRS wants proof of your payments.

If you are planning to apply for an Education Credit without a 1098-T:

CLICK HERE for IRS information on not having a 1098-T

"You can still claim the AOTC if you did not receive a Form 1098-T because your school is not required to provide you a Form 1098-T for tax year 2016 if:

  • You otherwise qualify to claim the credit, 
  • You can demonstrate that you were enrolled at an eligible educational institution, and 
  • You can substantiate the payment of qualified tuition and related expenses.You should keep records that demonstrate your enrollment and showing you paid qualified tuition and related expenses if the IRS contacts you regarding your claiming the AOTC."
How do you know if your school is an eligible educational institution?

"An eligible educational institution is a school offering higher education beyond high school. It is any college, university, vocational school, or other post-secondary educational institution eligible to participate in a Federal student aid program run by the U.S. Department of Education. This includes most accredited public, nonprofit and privately-owned–for-profit post-secondary institutions.

If you aren’t sure if your school is an eligible educational institution:

• ask your school if it is an eligible educational institution, or
• see if your school is on the U.S. Federal Student Aid Code List."

If you don't qualify for the American Opportunity Credit, you may be eligible for the Litetime Learning Credit or Tuition and Fees deduction.

Use the TurboTax interview to enter your education expenses and payments.

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