Lifetime Learning Credit
Taxpayers may be able to claim a lifetime learning credit of up to $2,000 for qualified education expenses paid for all students enrolled in eligible educational institutions. There is no limit on the number of years the Lifetime Learning Credit can be claimed for each student. However, a taxpayer cannot claim the American Opportunity Credit and Lifetime Learning Credit for the same student in one year. If you pay qualified education expenses for more than one student in the same year, you can choose to take credits on a per-student, per-year basis. For more information on the Lifetime Learning Credit, please contact the Internal Revenue Service or your tax preparer.
American Opportunity Credit
The American Opportunity Credit (AOTC) makes tax credit benefits available to a broader range of taxpayers, including many with higher incomes and those who owe no tax. In addition to direct educational costs, the AOTC, also adds required course materials to the list of qualifying expenses and allows the credit to be claimed for four post-secondary education years with a maximum annual credit of $2,500 per student. For more information on the American Opportunity Credit, please contact the Internal Revenue Service or your tax preparer.