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Why can't I claim an education deduction or credit

TurboTax is saying I can't claim an educational deduction or credit. I thought I would be eligible for the lifetime learning credit.

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    Hello mrgriff21,

    Good afternoon, I see you want to know why you could not claim an education credit. I will be happy to inform you with the general qualifications for each education credit and then you can see if any pertain to you.

    1.To qualify for the American Opportunity Credit as follows:

    • You paid qualified education expenses for higher education.
    • You paid education expenses for eligible students.
    • The eligible student is you, your spouse, or a dependent for whom you claim an exemption.
    • Your modified adjusted gross income is less than $90,000($180,000 if married filing jointly).

    You are not eligible to claim the American Opportunity Credit if any of the following applies:

    • Your filing status is Married Filing Separately.
    • Taxpayer is listed as a dependent on another person’s return.
    • You and your spouse were non-resident aliens.
    2.You are eligible to claim the Lifetime Learning Credit if all of the following requirements are met:
    • You paid qualified education expenses for higher education.
    • You paid the education expenses for an eligible student.
    • The eligible student is you, your spouse, or a dependent for which you claim an exemption on your tax return.
    • Your modified adjusted gross income is less than $63,000($127,000 if you are married filing jointly).
    However, there are several reasons you may not be getting all of the Lifetime Learning Credit.

    The maximum amount of Lifetime Learning Credit you can claim is 20% of the first $10,000 of qualified education expenses you paid for all eligible students ($2,000). This is called the tentative credit. If your modified adjusted gross income is between $53,000 and $63,000 ($107,000 to $127,000 if married filing jointly) you are within the range where the credit is reduced.

    And since this is not a refundable credit, the credit can't be more than your tax liability.

    3.To qualify for the Tuition and Fees Deduction:
    • You paid qualified education expenses of higher education.
    • You paid education expenses for an eligible student. .
    • The eligible student is you, your spouse, or your dependent who you can claim as an exemption on your return.
    • Your modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) is less than $80,000 ($160,000 if married filing jointly).

    You are not eligible to claim the Tuition and Fees Deduction if any of the following applies:

    • Your filing status is Married Filing Separately (MFS).
    • Another person can claim an exemption of the student on his or her tax return. You cannot take the deduction even if the other person does not actually claim that exemption.
    • You or your spouse was a non-resident alien for any part of 2013 and the non-resident alien did not elect to be treated as a resident alien for tax purposes
    • You or anyone else claims an American Opportunity or Lifetime Lifetime Learning Credit in 2013 with respect to expenses of the student for whom the qualified education expenses were paid.
    Have a great day and thanks for using TurboTax.
    -Atalia
    • I meet all of these qualifications and Im still not getting the deduction I need help
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