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Can I Deduct my Student Loan Interest?
As of January 1, 1998, people who have taken loans to pay the cost of tuition for themselves, their spouse, or their dependent may deduct the interest paid on these loans on their tax return.
How Much Can I Deduct?
An annual tax deduction of up to $2,500 for the taxable year of 2003 is available for interest paid on student loans. You will want to check to see if the deductible amount has changed each year.
Are There any Limits to These Tax Deductions?
Limits on the student loan interest tax deduction include:
- If someone claims you as a dependent
- If you file a separate tax return but are married
- On student loan interest paid to a related person
- For any amount deducted for tax purposes under any other tax code provision
What Is a Tax Qualified Student Loan?
A tax qualified student loan is defined as indebtedness sustained to pay for the qualified higher education expenses of the taxpayer, a spouse, or any other dependent in attending a college, university, post-secondary educational institution, certain trade schools, or other establishments eligible to join in Department of Education student financial assistance programs.
What Are Qualified Educational Expenses?
Qualified educational expenses are those which are entitled to a tax deduction and include:
- School fees
- Dormitory fees
- Educational equipment
- Transportation costs
I Have a Scholarship in Addition to My Student Loan. Does This Affect my Tax Deductions?
Certain expenses are reduced by such assistance as a scholarship. Other assistance that expenses must be reduced by include:
- Veteran’s educational assistance
- Tax free gifts and inheritances
- Tax free employer educational assistance
- Tax free IRA educational distributions
- Interests from United States Savings Bond used for educational expenses
Do I Need a Lawyer to Help Me with My Income Tax Problem?
Tax law is a very complicated and frustrating subject. To make matters worse, tax law changes every year. An attorney can help you understand current tax law and how it affects your income tax problem. If you have questions regarding the deductibility of your expenses, or if you need to go to tax court, an attorney can represent you and help minimize your income tax bill.
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Last Modified: 08-30-2011 03:35 PM PDT
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