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If you were a student and receive a T form you may be eligible for the American Opportunity Credit. Am I able to claim the 2, max? My child has several student loans.

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The student loan interest statement only has his SS although I am on the student loans also. Can we both take the student loan interest deduction? I have 4 student loans and have looked online about NOT getting a form this year. My student loan lender says that I am not eligible. I have been paying on student loans for over 15 years and this has never happened. However, I did graduate with a Masters last year and now I am a teacher.

Does this have anything to do with it? Shannon, No he cannot. In order to take a student loan interest deduction you must be legally obligated to the creditor, as well as having paid the interest. He is not legally obligated to the creditor. Jan, If you are having your taxes prepared for you, your tax preparer may be able to show you that. However, it will not present a significant amount of change to your tax return.

The deduction will just bring down your taxable income and will not show you the effect unless you calculated without the deduction. I have multiple e forms from different student loans. My name is the only name listed on the loans.

My ex-husband is required in our divorce decree to pay a portion of my student loans to me. I make the student loan payment. I was still in school during the divorce and I don't think interest was accounted for in the divorce decree. The divorce decree does not specify. Can my ex-husband claim interest on the amount he paid me in on the tax return that has to be filed by April 15, My sister did use some of the loan money so this past year, she made the payments.

I want to give her the refund portion that I got for the interest she paid. Dena, Since it is still your loan and you are associated with the loan, you are able to claim the interest paid on those loans.

Devon, If you are associated with the loan in any way, you can claim the interest paid on your taxes. I have several student loans that I am paying off - the largest of which is in my father's social security number. He has never paid any of it, however he claims the interest paid by me on his taxes every year. As it is significantly larger than any of my other loans, I am beginning to miss the tax credit for interest paid. Since I am the one paying the loan, can I claim it? Liz, That is strange, but you are not required to report a student loan interest deduction.

It really should not lower your refund. I would contact the support for whoever you're filing through. Kristena, If you were married before Dec 31 and are filing a joint return, you should include the income and deductions for both of you.

If there is no place in the software to designate that the deduction belongs to you rather than your husband, that is okay. It will not cause a problem. Do I have to file the E form? I qualify for the deduction, but for some odd reason my tax refund is larger if I don't take it as a deduction. I have several student loans and just received the E in the mail. I have not worked all year and I just got married, so this is the first year we are filing married filing jointly. Can I still put those interest payments on his tax return?

I'm a little confused because when I input it in it is stating that he is the one claiming it, but the loans are all in my maiden name. Angela, No Angela you will need to file an amended return, like Danny, in order to claim that deduction.

Danny, No, unfortunately if you want to claim the student loan interest in years past you will have to file an amended return. You will need to file for each year you paid student loan interest.

I did not claim my student loan interest deduction on my tax return last year for , can I deduct that amount on my tax return this year fpr ?

I have student loan interest but I think I may have forgotten to deduct them in previous years. Can I add them with this years? Print off a blank form Fill in the income entries from your original tax return. Then put your student loan interest on line 33 and figure your revised adjusted gross income AGI.

Use the corrected AGI to complete form X. I already filed my taxes but I didn't deduct my student loan interest. Now I need to amend my taxes but can't use Turbo Tax how i originally filed because i haven't received my refund. So I have to use the x form and I do not know where to add the interest. Just so I'm clear I have two e forms that were sent to me from different loans.

Is it safe to just add the totals together and proceed with filing? The tax return I'm filing out just asks for one.

Do I just pick one or add them together. Thomas, No, you would only receive a form E if you paid interest on the loan. Beth, No, as long as you received a E and are currently paying interest on the loan you can deduct that interest. I paid my student loan off before any interest was added. Do I still have to file a E? I graduated in My son whom I claim has a Sallie Mae loan under his ss which I make the payments on. Can I claim the interest paid on my filing? Melissa, In order to deduct your student loan interest from your fillings, you must meet two requirements.

You must have the obligation to repay the loan and also must be the actual payer of the loan. Therefore neither you or your husband will be able to deduct the student loan interest. I have a E under my name but my ex husband pays for it because I don't work.

We just signed our divorce papers in October. Can he still deduct my student loan interest on his tax return? This adjustment to income means you reduce your income that will be subject to tax adjusted gross income - AGI by the amount of student loan interest. It is impossible to estimate the impact on your refund without knowing all pertinent factors of your tax return income, filing status, dependents, credits, other deductions, etc.

Is there any way to know what percentage of the student loan intrest paid we will receive back? Does anyone know what factors into this? Last year when I filed my taxes I filed married but separate. My tax person said that as a result I couldn't claim my student loan tax interest as a deduction. This year I'm filing single, can I claim the interest I didn't deduct last year along with this years deduction? Sandy, Only the person who has the primary obligation to repay the loan and actually paid the interest during the tax year may deduct the student loan interest.

Therefore, you may deduct the interest you actually paid. Since your ex-husband does not have the primary obligation for the loan, he is not entitled to deduct his portion of the interest. I obtained a school loan for my son when I was still married, but it was only in my name. Can he claim any of the interest even if he is not responsible for repayment of the loan?

RLH, the tax code restricts the deduction to taxpayers who are not claimed as dependents on another taxpayer's return. Assuming you are not claimed as a dependent on your parent's return, you are eligible to claim the student loan interest deduction. According to your blog post, your spouse - not you, were claimed as a dependent.

My wife and I were married in late October of last year. Because they paid for the majority of her expenses last year, her parents are claiming her as a dependent on their taxes. I've been out of school for just a couple years and have a considerable amount of student loan interest to deduct, but I'm not sure if I can claim it since the rule is if you OR your spouse can be claimed as a dependent.

Does her being claimed on her parents taxes affect whether or not I can deduct my student loan interest? Ali, I'm confused by your statement that the government paid off the loans and interest.

However, if the loans were just consolidated and you did not pay anything on the loans, then no deduction is allowed. The govt technically paid off both the loan and the outstanding interest for the purposes of the consolidation - can I claim these amounts as student loan interest paid on my taxes? Shelly, student loan interest paid is a deduction of income. Since you have no income, there is nothing to reduce.

Consequently, there is no need to file a return. Do you have to have an income to file taxes or can i have 0 income but claim the interest paid. Roger, Only the person who has primary responsibility to repay the loan can take the deduction. Since your son has primary responsibility for repaying the loan, but you have paid the interest, neither of you are eligible to take the deduction.

I'm having trouble finding guidance on a consolidated student loan deduction question. My ex-husband and I consolidated student loans when we were married. ANY help would be appreciated as I am finding nothing on this topic anywhere. My son has taken out a student loan in his name. For the past year I have been paying the interest. If I claim him as a dependent, can I deduct the interest on my taxes?

If not, can he claim it on his tax return? Also, no special provision for military personnel. Thank you for your service to our country! Michael, Congress wrote the tax law with that specific exclusion. The Married Filing Separate status is excluded from several tax breaks and credits.

We do not know their reasoning for these exclusions. I need to file married separately for other purposes this year. Why can't I take this deduction if filing married separately? Thank you for answering questions! Is there any other area of my taxes I can deduct the additional interest. I am currently active duty military if that affects the situation.

Olivia, your parents cannot deduct the interest because you are no longer their dependent and the loan is in your name. You can only deduct the interest if you are paying the loan yourself. Your parents can gift you money in general.

My parents took out student loans in my name while I was in college. I have now graduated and I am married. My parents are paying off my loans. With the loans in my name, can my parents claim the deduction or can I? If neither of us can, can we fix this by having them gift me the money and then I pay the loan myself? Yelissa, there is a deduction for student loan interest but there are also education credits available as well.

If you neglected to take a deduction or credit that you were entitled to for , you can amend your return to include that deduction or credit. Please feel free to call our office for more information. I have been going to school since late Looking through all of my paperwork I realized that I never received form E for I didn't even know about the form until now.

I went and checked on Sallie-Mae to see if I could get the form and it says that even though I paid interest last year that I was inelegible for a tax deduction. However I saw that I did qualify for it in Is there any way that I could take form E and use it for last year's tax return?

Heidi, no you cannot claim the interest if you are not on the loan. In order to claim the deduction you must be both liable for the loan and actually pay the interest. You are paying the interest, but you are not liable for the loans. However, if you are on the loans with your father, then you would be eligible to claim the interest deduction. Hello, I am currently paying off 5 student loans, 3 of which are in my name, and 2 on which my father is the primary on the loan.

I was NOT a dependent while these loans were taken out. Can I still claim the interest on the loans that my father is the primary account holder of, or must he be the one to claim the interest, even though I am the one paying them off? Thank you so much!

Hi, I need some info. Have been paying it off. I tried to claim the interest on it last year, and Sallie mae said it didn't qualify as a student loan. Even though it was going towards a higher education, and I am not married and I don't make over 70, If you are claimed as a dependent on your parent's return and you have the primary obligation to repay the loan, then neither you or your parents can deduct the student loan interest.

If your parents choose not to claim the dependency exemption for you, you can file a return, claiming the student loan interest deduction, but cannot claim your own dependency deduction. Hello, thank you for taking the time to answer our questions and your great website. I am currently claimed as a dependent on my parent's income tax return.

Can I deduct the interest on my student loans for if they do not deduct it from their income? In regards to deductions for tuition, Pub section 7 says I cannot claim the deduction for tuition if "another person can claim an exemption for you as a dependent on his or her tax return. You cannot take the deduction even if the other person does not actually claim that exemption.

I don't have to pay on my student loans yet because i don't graduate until December I have been paying the interest, though, in hopes of getting some back on my tax return. I am single with no children, and my parents don't claim me.

Thanks, in advance, for your help. My wife and I were married last June. This year we plan to file "married filing jointly" for the first time. We are paying down the loans together. However, the deduction is not allowed if your filing status is Married Filing Separate. I obtained my student loan prior to my marriage and started paying it off several years prior He filed before I could stop him: No student loan interest adjustment is allowed for married filing separate returns.

Nothing specific for teachers. However, most taxpayers can claim the Lifetime Learning Credit for qualifying educational expenses. The credit is doubled if your school is in a Midwestern Disaster county.

Type "Education Tax Credits" in the search box for additional information. Student loan interest is an adjustment to income, which is claimed on form A line 18 or form line You cannot claim student loan interest on form EZ.

First, complete a correct A or , then complete the amended X. I filed a EZ, received a refund and then realized I forgot to add my student loan interest. Now, I am filing a X and cannot figure out where to input the student loan interest paid in order to get a higher refund. I cannot seem to find it on the directions either. Any way you can help? The deduction is claimed on line 33 of the Form Defaulting on your loans can ruin your credit score, making it difficult to do everything from signing up for basic utilities to renting an apartment.

Your debt could increase thanks to accruing interest. And if you have federal loans, the government can add fees or even garnish your wages, forcing your employer to withhold money from your paycheck and send it directly to the government. But other than that, it can be really helpful to pay off your student loans as soon as possible. Follow the suggestions below to help speed up your student loan repayment. Achieving any goal requires determination and a feeling that you can do this — and, really, you can.

Psyching yourself up about it sounds silly, but it can really help. It helps open career doors, and it helps you grow as a person. Many people who have paid off their loans also mention the great psychological benefit of feeling like a huge weight has been lifted off their shoulders. I know that personally, if I fantasize about getting a windfall of cash, the first thing I think about doing is paying off my student loans.

I know; boring fantasy. Plug the information about your loan into a repayment calculator like the one from FinAid. Learn how much you need to pay per month in order to pay off your loan within a specific amount of time. If you borrowed a federal student loan, you are required to receive exit counseling, which teaches you important information about your rights and how to repay your loan.

Depending on your school, you might do this online or in-person. Either way, make sure to pay close attention. Make sure you read everything you receive about your loans and understand your loan terms.

For example, are your interest rates fixed meaning that they will stay the same for the duration of the loan or variable meaning that they can change, possibly making it harder for you to budget your monthly payments? Understanding the terms of your loans will help you avoid potential complications.

If you have a federal loan other than a Perkins or Parent PLUS loan , and you are on limited income, the Income-Based Repayment IBR plan allows you to pay based on what you earn, not on what your loan payments are supposed to be.

This program is only for people who hold federal — not private — loans. Even if your loan is serviced by a private company, it might still be a federal loan. Your budget helps you allocate the funds for paying back your student loans and, well, everything else you need to pay for in life.

Check out our guide to creating your first budget. This is a special section of your savings set aside for, well, emergencies. The idea is that if something terrible and unexpected happens — your car breaks down, you need to go to the doctor, etc. Paying your loans down before you graduate will certainly help you pay them off faster. Any payments you can make while in school help lessen interest capitalization and can save you money.

Check with your loan servicer to be sure, but in most cases there are no prepayment penalties. Loan consolidation is not the right choice for everyone. But for some people, it can help. Consolidating your loans — grouping multiple smaller loans into one big one — could make paying your loans more convenient, because you only have one servicer.

This method works for all types of debt, not just student loan debt — check out our guide to the debt snowball method. Consolidation can also extend your payback period.

Finally, be wary of consolidating federal and private loans together. There are certain benefits that come with your federal loans — such as being eligible for income-based repayment see above — that you may lose if you consolidate private and federal loans. When you enroll in auto-debit, your student loan servicer automatically deducts your payment from your bank account each month. There are several benefits to this payment method, and some lenders may give you a discount just for enrolling.

If you have auto-debit, your loan servicer will automatically deduct the amount from your bank account. You do need to make sure, of course, that you have enough money in your account each month for the payment to clear — otherwise, you could be looking at overdraft fees.

Some lenders offer a discount for enrolling in automatic debit. If you have unexpected extra cash, you can still make a one-time payment to pay down your loan faster.

There are several programs already in place that help you pay back student loans. Some are through employers, while others are more public-service oriented:. Also in some cases you may be required to report forgiven loans as taxable income, so be sure to factor in any potential tax consequences in your decision. Similar to signing bonuses and health benefits, student loan repayment is another way for employers to attract top talent.

Bring up the idea to your boss and remember — this has to be a good deal for the company as well. In exchange for the student loan payment, you might offer incentives such as a promise to stay at the job for a specific period of time or agree to relocate to a branch office. The most likely employers to offer this benefit?

But several other employers have pay-for-school programs as well. Check out this guide from U.

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