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glmail73
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Can I deduct my expenses for my daughters college even if I am not claiming her as a dependent this year? Her mother and I alternate years (divorced)

 
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Bsch4477
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Can I deduct my expenses for my daughters college even if I am not claiming her as a dependent this year? Her mother and I alternate years (divorced)

No.  She has to be your dependent to claim that.

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Bsch4477
Level 15

Can I deduct my expenses for my daughters college even if I am not claiming her as a dependent this year? Her mother and I alternate years (divorced)

No.  She has to be your dependent to claim that.

DeniseF1
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Can I deduct my expenses for my daughters college even if I am not claiming her as a dependent this year? Her mother and I alternate years (divorced)

No. For you to be able to deduct qualified education expenses for your dependent, you must claim an exemption for that individual.

See the following explanation from IRS Publication 970:

Who Can Claim a Dependent's Expenses?

Generally, in order to claim the tuition and fees deduction for qualified education expenses for a dependent, you must:

  1. Have paid the expenses, and
  2. Claim an exemption for the student as a dependent.
Bsch4477
Level 15

Can I deduct my expenses for my daughters college even if I am not claiming her as a dependent this year? Her mother and I alternate years (divorced)

Tuition and fees deduction is no longer available for 2017 but American Opportunity Credit and Lifetime Learning Credit are.
BobinCT
Level 7

Can I deduct my expenses for my daughters college even if I am not claiming her as a dependent this year? Her mother and I alternate years (divorced)

The one who can claim her as a dependent is the one who can take the American Opportunity Credit, regardless of which of you paid the bills.

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