IRS Form 1098-T

Why does my sons IRS Form 1098-T not have an amount in Box 2 for Tuition/Expenses Billed.
    A lot of things factor into this. Did you print the 1098-T or did you get the hard copy? If you printed it alot of the time the information is not updated till Jan 31 so to print one early it will be blank or have the wrong amount in it. You dont mention if there is an amount in Box 1, I am assuming there is since nothing is in Box 2 and this is why.......

    Box 2 ("Amounts billed for qualified tuition and related expenses") is blank because the school reports "Payments received" instead.  The IRS provides the option for schools to report either "Payments received" in Box 1, or "Amounts billed" in Box 2, but not both.  Since education tax credits are based on "payments received for qualified tuition," the school reports "qualified tuition" in Box 1 as a service to our students.
    • My DIL 1098-t only has an amount in box 5.  Shouldn't there be an amount in box 1 or 2, showing the amount of tuition for the courses she took?
    Schools are required to complete Box 1 OR Box 2, but not both.
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