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[Information added from Super User Carl 4:55 am 4-4-17 PST]

If the parent is claiming the student as a dependent on their (the parents) income tax return, then the parent enters the 1098-T Tuition form on their (the parents) income tax return.

Before you enter the 1098-T form, here's some important info you need to know:

  • If the student on the 1098-T is your dependent, enter the 1098-T on your return, even if your dependent paid the tuition.
  • If the student on the 1098-T is you, and you're not being claimed as a dependent, enter the 1098-T on your return unless your employer paid for or reimbursed your tuition (in which case, just keep the 1098-T with your tax records).
  • Enter your 1098-T exactly "as is" even if the amounts are wrong (this is common). Don't worry, we'll give you the opportunity to enter all your expenses later.
  • Don't enter a "0" in any boxes that are blank, as this will generate errors. Leave blank boxes blank.


Now let's enter that 1098-T form:

  1. Open (continue) your return, if you're not already in it.
  2. In TurboTax, search for 1098T (lower-case works also) and then click or tap the "Jump to" link in the search results.
  3. Answer any education questions that pop up (enrollment status, name of school, and so forth).
    • If you land on the Education Expenses Summary screen, click or tap Edit next to the student in question, then edit the Tuition item.
  4. At the Did you get a 1098-T? screen, answer Yes and continue.

After you enter your 1098-T, we'll ask about other expenses (books, supplies, equipment) and financial aid.

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