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Can my son take to AOTC credit in 2017 if he is no longer our dependent?

We qualified for the full AOTC credit for 3 years.  It was limited to an $83 deduction in an additional year due to income limitations.  Can he take the deduction this year, now that he is claiming himself?  Or does the fact that it has been applied for for 4 years disallow it this year?  His total earned hours at the beginning of 2017 are 100 hours.

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Hal_Al
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Can my son take to AOTC credit in 2017 if he is no longer our dependent?

If you claimed it that 4th time, even for only $83; you have used up the 4 allowable times and he cannot claim it.
You could consider amending your last year return, unclaiming the AOTC and paying back the $83. Then your son, may be able to claim it this year. Be advised that a student, under age 24, is only eligible for the refundable portion of the American Opportunity Credit if he supports himself by working.

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Hal_Al
Level 15

Can my son take to AOTC credit in 2017 if he is no longer our dependent?

If you claimed it that 4th time, even for only $83; you have used up the 4 allowable times and he cannot claim it.
You could consider amending your last year return, unclaiming the AOTC and paying back the $83. Then your son, may be able to claim it this year. Be advised that a student, under age 24, is only eligible for the refundable portion of the American Opportunity Credit if he supports himself by working.
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