Income tax season is approaching, and students may want to consider these tips from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) to help the process go more smoothly.
Although you may not have earned enough to be required to file, you may be able to get a refund if your employer withheld taxes from your pay. Before you file, discuss the situation with your parents. They may be able to claim you as a dependent, which could save them thousands of dollars.
Students and parents may be able to take advantage of these programs on their federal taxes:
• American Opportunity Credit, available for the first four years of college.
• Lifetime Learning Credit, available if a taxpayer or a dependent is taking college courses to acquire or improve job skills.
• Tuition and fees deduction, which lets taxpayers deduct qualified education expenses paid during the year for themselves or a dependent. The expenses must be for college.