We’re from the Government and We’re Here to Help Finance Your Education

President Obama’s recent proposal to offer two free years of community college tuition has garnered a lot of attention. But like my favorite finance guru Dave Ramsey likes to say, “When the government says ‘free’, pull out your wallet.” Along … read more

Education Expenses Overwhelming? Try the Lifetime Learning Credit

If you, your spouse, or dependents are currently attending or planning to attend college, you may be able to claim the Lifetime Learning Credit to help offset the cost. Just remember that you cannot claim both the Lifetime Learning Credit … read more

Arizona Education Tax Credits

With the new school year in full swing, now is a great time to think about the available Arizona education tax credits related to Grades K-12. There are three Arizona school tax credits. Taxpayers are allowed to claim all three … read more

Going to School? Get a Break with the American Opportunity Tax Credit

Sending a child to school is expensive. Really expensive. I have 2 sons in college and the costs of tuition, books, and extracurricular activities add up quickly. Fortunately, there are tax credits you can take advantage of to help offset … read more

Student Loan Interest: Can Tax Law Keep Up?

Student loans have been a hot topic in the media and on Capitol Hill. A recent analysis of student loan trends from the credit bureau Experian found that student loan debt increased by 84% from 2008 to 2014, surpassing the … read more

Tax-Free Student Aid vs. Education Credit

The American Opportunity and Lifetime Learning tax credits were created to subsidize the cost of college education. Generally, the credits are based on qualified costs of education, namely, college tuition and fees, books, supplies and equipment. Those qualified costs must … read more

Proposed Simplification of Education Tax Breaks: The Good and the Bad

With the cost of education climbing and more students graduating with record student loan debt, many college students and families unintentionally miss out on education tax breaks because of the complexity of tax-based student aid. In 2013, families with college … read more

Do I Owe Taxes On My Scholarship?

Once the euphoria of receiving a scholarship starts to subside you might start to wonder what kinds of strings are attached. Thankfully this is one of those few instances where you can receive a large payment and not have to … read more

Changes in Arizona to §529 Plan Deductions and Charitable Donation Credits

The Arizona legislature is out of session – but not before they made some favorable changes – if you are an individual taxpayer! Beginning September 13, 2013 and retroactively effective to December 31, 2012, Arizona taxpayers with §529 college savings … read more

Parents and Students: Check Out College Tax Benefits

In general, the American opportunity tax credit, lifetime learning credit and tuition and fees deduction are available to taxpayers who pay qualifying expenses for an eligible student. Eligible students include the primary taxpayer, the taxpayer’s spouse or a dependent of … read more


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