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Registered: ‎04-17-2017

American Opportunity Credit Question



I work full time and was enrolled in school full time for 1 term in 2016. My Tuition was $1732 and my books were $99. I received a $919 reimbursement from my employer.


The software online is telling me that the Credit will only save me $437 and I don't understand why I don't qualify for at least the portion of my tuition that was not reimbursed by my employer ($813). The software is telling me I am receiving a credit of $262 for the American Opportunity and $175 for the Refundable American Opportunity Credit.


Any help would be appreciated.

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Posts: 6,191
Registered: ‎02-23-2016

Re: American Opportunity Credit Question

Hi dlindemyer,


Welcome to the H&R Block community.


The American Opportunity Credit is not dollar for dollar, but rather it is calculated based in part on your eligible expenses.  60% of the credit is non-refundable and 40% is refundable, so your credit will always be split in the refundable and non-refundable portions.


If you have any other questions I'll be glad to help.



Senior Tax Advisor (Tampa, FL)