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The rules regarding who claims education credits usually favor the eligible student, unless the parent claims them as an exemption on their tax return.
Checkout following questions and answers:Can I claim the education credit of my dependent?
To claim an education credit for the student, you must be able to claim the student as an exemption on your tax return.
For example, if your dependent paid their own qualified education expenses during the tax year, but you claimed them as a dependent on your tax return, you would be eligible to claim the education credit.What if a relative pays for tuition. Can they claim the credit?
Only if the relative can and does claim the student as a dependent on their tax return. Any money paid on behalf of the student is considered a gift to the student.
As a result, whoever takes an exemption by claiming the student as a dependent gets to claim the education credit.Can I claim an education credit for a non-dependent?
No, you cannot claim an education credit for a non-dependent. In order for you to claim an education credit, the student must be a dependent claimed as an exemption on your tax return.Can I claim an education credit if my former spouse pays tuition, but the student is my dependent?
You are allowed to take an education credit for education expenses paid by someone else as long as your dependents are claimed as exemptions on your tax return.
If they are not claimed on your tax return, then your dependent must claim the education credits.