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04-16-2018 05:51 PM
My daughter received a 1098-T. Box 2 is $19,450. Box 5 is $9,750. I don't believe this is taxable so she shouldn't have to claim it on her taxes, correct? Also, we are/were claiming her on our taxes as a dependent. On her return it states that if someone else claims her as a dependent, she can not claim the Education credits. Do we claim the American Opportunity, Lifetime Learning Credit or the Tuition Deduction?
Thank you for your help!
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04-16-2018 11:26 PM
Hello, D2Milligan, and welcome to the community.
You are correct - the scholarships in box 5 of the 1098-T are not taxable, as long as they were used for tuition and mandatory college fees.
Since you are claiming her as a dependent, you should claim the education credit for her schooling on your return. If she is an undergraduate, my guess is it will be most beneficial to take the American Opportunity Credit. As long as you haven't claimed the AOC four times for her, that would be where I would go first - if you have, then the Lifetime Learning Credit is usually the next-best option.
Hope that helps!
04-17-2018 01:37 AM
There are cases where claiming part of your daughter's scholarship as income might be beneficial. Also, you need to be careful when reporting the amount of tuition and fees paid in 2017 because it will not necessarily be the same as the amount billed shown in box 2 of your daughter's 1098-T.
I've written some long, detailed responses describing this in other threads. If you search for AOC, or American Opportunity Credit, or 1098-T you're likely to find them.