Here's how to get to the 1098-T screen if you haven't visited the Education section yet:
- Open (continue) your return, if you don't already have it open.
- Search for 1098t and then select the Jump to link at the top of your search results.
- On the Education Expenses screen, answer Yes to Did you go to college or vocational school?
- Select the student whose name is on the 1098-T and answer the questions that follow (the type of degree, full-or half-time, etc.)
- After you enter the name of the school, the next screen will ask if that school sent you a 1098-T. Answer Yes and proceed.
From the Education Expenses Summary screen you can:
- Select Add A Student if you need to enter a 1098-T for someone else (and then resume steps 4 and 5 above); or
- Select Edit to revisit the 1098-T for a previously-entered school or Add New School to enter a new 1098-T.
Some important tips about entering this form:
- Parents: If the student listed on the 1098-T is your dependent, enter the 1098-T on your return – even if your dependent paid the tuition.
- Students: If you're not being claimed as a dependent, you can enter the 1098-T on your return regardless of who paid the tuition unless it was your employer. In that case, just keep the 1098-T with your tax records.
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The 1098-T is only an informational document. The numbers on it are not required to be entered onto your tax return. However receipt of a 1098-T frequently means you are either eligible for a tuition credit or deduction or possibly your student has taxable scholarship income.
If the student is parent's dependent, only they can claim the tuition credit, so the 1098-T is entered on their return. If scholarships (not loans) exceed tuition and other qualified expenses, the 1098-T goes on the student's return. Sometimes both.
There's even a loop hole available to claim the credit, if the student is on scholarship. See https://ttlc.intuit.com/community/college-education/discussion/yes-that-is-a-tax-loophole-available-...