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alanesjoel
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I received the American opportunity credit as an independent but the question about credit says to select yes if one was a dependent of a parent, should I click no?

 
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Vanessa A
Employee Tax Expert

I received the American opportunity credit as an independent but the question about credit says to select yes if one was a dependent of a parent, should I click no?

If you were not and are not a dependent, you would answer no when it asks you if you were a dependent.

alanesjoel
Level 1

I received the American opportunity credit as an independent but the question about credit says to select yes if one was a dependent of a parent, should I click no?

But the main question was if I ever received the American Opportunity credit previously, before 2018, and I did receive it but it says to click "yes if one was a dependent", but if I click no, wouldn't I be saying that I havent received the credits even though I have on my 2017 tax return?

Vanessa A
Employee Tax Expert

I received the American opportunity credit as an independent but the question about credit says to select yes if one was a dependent of a parent, should I click no?

If you have received the credit previously and the question is asking if you have received the credit before whether as a dependent or nondependent click yes.

 

  The AOTC is only allowed for 4 years PER STUDENT.  This means if you or someone that claimed you took the credit a combined total of 4 years you will no longer be eligible for it. 

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