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The New and Improved Tuition Credit


The IRS renames the Hope College credit for 2009 and 2010-It will now be known as the American Opportunity tax credit-and hikes its value from $1,800 to $2,500 for 2009 and 2010. This credit will be good for next year’s tax return, but it’s something to keep in mind in the here and now.

Because a tax credit reduces your tax bill dollar for dollar, this basically means Uncle Sam will give you up to $2,500 per year for each qualifying college student in your family. Unlike the old Hope credit, which was available only for a student’s first two years of college, the new American Opportunity credit can be claimed for four years of post-high-school education. You get the maximum credit if you spend at least $4,000 in qualifying expenses, which now include the cost of books as well as tuition and fees.

The student must be enrolled at least half-time in a program pursuing an undergraduate degree or other recognized educational credential. You can claim the credit for expenses paid for yourself, your spouse, or a child who is claimed as a dependent on your tax return. If the student is claimed as a dependent on a parent’s tax return, the parent gets the credit, regardless of who actually pays the qualifying expenses.

Please feel free to contact E-File Florida at 954-583-8534 or visit us on the internet at http://www.efileflorida.com for more great tax tips and articles.

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