Important 2018 1098-T Changes
In previous years, your 1098-T included a figure in Box 2 that represented the qualified tuition and related expenses (QTRE) we billed to your student account for the calendar (tax) year. Due to a change in federal law, beginning with tax year 2018, we will report in Box 1 the amount of QTRE you paid during the year.
So, what does that mean for you?
This means that you will no longer see any amounts in Box 2 (Amounts billed for qualified tuition and related expenses) on your 1098-T form. You will, however, see an amount in Box 1 (Payments received for qualified tuition and related expenses).
Depending on your income (or your family’s income, if you are a dependent), whether you were considered full or half-time enrolled, and the amount of your qualified educational expenses for the year, you may be eligible for a federal education tax credit. For more detailed information about claiming education tax credits please visit https://www.irs.gov/individuals/students.
The dollar amounts reported on your Form 1098-T may assist you in completing IRS Form 8863 – the form used for calculating the education tax credits that a taxpayer may claim as part of your tax return.
Below is a blank sample of the 2018 Form 1098-T, that you will receive in January 2019, for your general reference. For more information about Form 1098-T, visit https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/i1098et_18.pdf.
Bridgewater State University is unable to provide you with individual tax advice. If you have tax questions, you should seek the counsel of an informed tax preparer or adviser.
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