The American Opportunity and the LifeTime Learning Credits

 

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Life Time Learning Credit Frequently Asked Questions

For tax year 2013

What is the Life Time Learning Credit?
What is and "eligible dependent"?
How much credit can a taxpayer claim?
How does taxpayer income level affect the Life Time Learning Credit?
What is Modified Adjusted Gross Income?
How does a taxpayer claim the American Opportunity Credit?

What is the Life Time Learning Credit? 

The Life Time Learning Credit is a federal income tax credit for qualified tuition and expenses of eligible post-secondary schools. The scholarship is available on a per taxpayer basis for qualified tuition and expenses of the taxpayer, the taxpayer's spouse, and eligible dependents listed as exemptions on the taxpayer's federal income tax return.

What is an “eligible dependent”? 

A taxpayer may claim a dependency exemption for his/her unmarried child if: 
1) the taxpayer supplies more than half of the child’s support for the taxable year, and
2) the child is under age 19 or a full-time student under age 24.

How much credit can a taxpayer claim?

The credit amount claimed is equal to 20% of the first $10,000 spent on qualified tuition and related expenses, for all students in the family, to a maximum of $2,000 per return. However, the credit cannot reduce the tax liability below $0.

How does taxpayer income level affect the Life Time Learning Credit?

The LLC is available to taxpayers whose MAGI is less than $63,000, or $127,000 for married couples filing a joint return.

What is Modified Adjusted Gross Income?

MAGI is a taxpayer’s adjusted gross income plus any amount excluded from gross income under Sections 911, 931, or 933. These sections of the tax code pertain to income earned abroad, including Puerto Rico.

How does a taxpayer claim the Life Time Learning Credit Scholarship?

To claim the Life Time Learning Credit, a taxpayer must file IRS Form 8863 with his/her federal income tax return.

Salisbury University is providing this information as a service to its students, but please keep in mind it is not an authority on taxation. Therefore, the University is not responsible for any misrepresentation of the IRS regulations. You should consult a tax advisor to determine if you qualify for the credit or for any other related questions.
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