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Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I find my 1098-T? Is it available on line?
Go to Class-Web under the Student Services tab, click on Student Records, click on
Tax Notification (1098-T Information) link, and choose the year. A
detailed breakdown of each amount shown will be displayed on your 1098-T.
Who do I contact if I have questions about how my 1098-T was calculated?
Please Email Admissions and Records at
firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions.
Why did I receive the Form 1098-T? What is its purpose?
(NOT A BILL OR REQUEST FOR PAYMENT)
The IRS requires educational institutions to report to students the amount of qualified tuition paid by them during the calendar year. The purpose of the form is to help the student determine whether you are eligible to claim an Education Tax Credit on your income tax returns. The 1098-T tuition statement has been furnished to you by the CLPCCD if you were enrolled in Chabot College or Las Positas College.
What is an Education Tax Credit?
The Federal government currently allows for an educational tax credit called “The
American Opportunity Tax Credit.” This credit is designed to reduce the income taxes
paid by those students who pay their college tuition fees and course materials. Detailed
information can be found in IRS Publication 970. If you meet the eligibility requirements, the credits may be used to reduce the
amount of income tax you have to pay. Generally, you may be eligible to claim education
You paid qualified tuition and related expenses of higher education during the tax year, or you paid the tuition and related expenses for an eligible student.
The eligible student is either yourself, your spouse or a dependent for whom you can claim an exemption on your tax return (for example, your dependent child).
Information about the 1098T form:
What is on the 1098-T?
Student's taxpayer identification number (TIN). For your protection, this form may show only the last four digits of your TIN (SSN, ITIN, ATIN, or EIN). However, the issuer has reported your complete TIN to the IRS. Caution: If your TIN is not shown in this box, your school was not able to provide it. Contact your school if you have questions.
Account number. May show an account or other unique number the filer assigned to distinguish your account.
Box 1. Shows the total payments received by an eligible educational institution in 2018 from any source for qualified tuition and related expenses less any reimbursements or refunds made during 2018 that relate to those payments received during 2018.
Box 2. Reserved.
Box 3. Shows whether your educational institution changed its reporting method for 2018. It has changed its method of reporting if the method (payments received) used for 2018 is different than the reporting method (amounts billed) for 2017. You should be aware of this change in figuring your education credits.
Box 4. Shows any adjustment made by an eligible educational institution for a prior year for qualified tuition and related expenses that were reported on a prior year Form 1098-T. This amount may reduce any allowable education credit that you claimed for the prior year (may result in an increase in tax liability for the year of the refund). See “recapture” in the index to Pub. 970 to report a reduction in your education credit or tuition and fees deduction.
Box 5. Shows the total of all scholarships or grants administered and processed by the eligible educational institution. The amount of scholarships or grants for the calendar year (including those not reported by the institution) may reduce the amount of the education credit you claim for the year.
TIP: You may be able to increase the combined value of an education credit and certain educational assistance (including Pell Grants) if the student includes some or all of the educational assistance in income in the year it is received. For details, see Pub. 970.
Box 6. Shows adjustments to scholarships or grants for a prior year. This amount may affect the amount of any allowable tuition and fees deduction or education credit that you claimed for the prior year. You may have to file an amended income tax return (Form 1040X) for the prior year.
Box 7. Shows whether the amount in box 1 includes amounts for an academic period beginning January–March 2019. See Pub. 970 for how to report these amounts.
Box 8. Shows whether you are considered to be carrying at least one-half the normal full-time workload for your course of study at the reporting institution.
Box 9. Shows whether you are considered to be enrolled in a program leading to a graduate degree, graduate-level certificate, or other recognized graduate-level educational credential.
Box 10. Shows the total amount of reimbursements or refunds of qualified tuition and related expenses made by an insurer. The amount of reimbursements or refunds for the calendar year may reduce the amount of any education credit you can claim for the year (may result in an increase in tax liability for the year of the refund).
Future developments. For the latest information about developments related to Form 1098-T and its instructions, such as legislation enacted after they were published, go to www.irs.gov/Form1098T
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