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Amended form 3. Amended form   Lifetime Learning Credit Table of Contents Introduction Can You Claim the CreditWho Can Claim the Credit Who Cannot Claim the Credit What Expenses QualifyQualified Education Expenses No Double Benefit Allowed Expenses That Do Not Qualify Who Is an Eligible Student Who Can Claim a Dependent's Expenses Figuring the CreditEffect of the Amount of Your Income on the Amount of Your Credit Claiming the Credit Introduction For 2013, there are two tax credits available to help you offset the costs of higher education by reducing the amount of your income tax. Amended form They are the American opportunity credit and the lifetime learning credit. Amended form This chapter discusses the lifetime learning credit. Amended form The American opportunity credit is discussed in chapter 2, The American Opportunity Credit . Amended form This chapter explains: Who can claim the lifetime learning credit, What expenses qualify for the credit, Who is an eligible student, Who can claim a dependent's expenses, How to figure the credit, How to claim the credit, and When the credit must be repaid. Amended form What is the tax benefit of the lifetime learning credit. Amended form   For the tax year, you may be able to claim a lifetime learning credit of up to $2,000 for qualified education expenses paid for all eligible students. Amended form There is no limit on the number of years the lifetime learning credit can be claimed for each student. Amended form   A tax credit reduces the amount of income tax you may have to pay. Amended form Unlike a deduction, which reduces the amount of income subject to tax, a credit directly reduces the tax itself. Amended form The lifetime learning credit is a nonrefundable credit. Amended form This means that it can reduce your tax to zero, but if the credit is more than your tax the excess will not be refunded to you. Amended form   Your allowable lifetime learning credit may be limited by the amount of your income and the amount of your tax. Amended form Can you claim more than one education credit this year. Amended form   For each student, you can elect for any year only one of the credits. Amended form For example, if you elect to take the lifetime learning credit for a child on your 2013 tax return, you cannot, for that same child, also claim the American opportunity credit for 2013. Amended form   If you are eligible to claim the lifetime learning credit and you are also eligible to claim the American opportunity credit for the same student in the same year, you can choose to claim either credit, but not both. Amended form   If you pay qualified education expenses for more than one student in the same year, you can choose to take certain credits on a per-student, per-year basis. Amended form This means that, for example, you can claim the American opportunity credit for one student and the lifetime learning credit for another student in the same year. Amended form Differences between the American opportunity and lifetime learning credits. Amended form   There are several differences between these two credits. Amended form For example, you can claim the American opportunity credit for the same student for no more than 4 tax years, but any year in which the Hope Scholarship Credit was claimed counts toward the 4 years. Amended form However, there is no limit on the number of years for which you can claim a lifetime learning credit based on the same student's expenses. Amended form The differences between these credits are shown in Appendix B, Highlights of Education Tax Benefits for Tax Year 2013 near the end of this publication. Amended form Overview of the lifetime learning credit. Amended form   See Table 3-1, Overview of the Lifetime Learning Credit for the basics of the lifetime learning credit. Amended form The details are discussed in this chapter. Amended form Can You Claim the Credit The following rules will help you determine if you are eligible to claim the lifetime learning credit on your tax return. Amended form Who Can Claim the Credit Generally, you can claim the lifetime learning credit if all three of the following requirements are met. Amended form You pay qualified education expenses of higher education. Amended form You pay the education expenses for an eligible student. Amended form The eligible student is either yourself, your spouse, or a dependent for whom you claim an exemption on your tax return. Amended form Table 3-1. Amended form Overview of the Lifetime Learning Credit Maximum credit Up to $2,000 credit per return Limit on modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) $127,000 if married filling jointly;  $63,000 if single, head of household, or qualifying widow(er) Refundable or nonrefundable Nonrefundable—credit limited to the amount of tax you must pay on your taxable income Number of years of postsecondary education Available for all years of postsecondary education and for courses to acquire or improve job skills Number of tax years credit available Available for an unlimited number of years Type of program required Student does not need to be pursuing a program leading to a degree or other recognized education credential Number of courses Available for one or more courses Felony drug conviction Felony drug convictions do not make the student ineligible Qualified expenses Tuition and fees required for enrollment or attendance (including amounts required to be paid to the institution for course-related books, supplies, and equipment) Payments for academic periods Payments made in 2013 for academic periods beginning in 2013 or beginning in the first 3 months of 2014 Note. Amended form Qualified education expenses paid by a dependent for whom you claim an exemption, or by a third party for that dependent, are considered paid by you. Amended form “Qualified education expenses” are defined later under Qualified Education Expenses . Amended form “Eligible students” are defined later under Who Is an Eligible Student . Amended form A dependent for whom you claim an exemption is defined later under Who Can Claim a Dependent's Expenses . Amended form You may find Figure 3-1, Can You Claim the Lifetime Learning Credit for 2013 , later, helpful in determining if you can claim a lifetime learning credit on your tax return. Amended form Who Cannot Claim the Credit You cannot claim the lifetime learning credit for 2013 if any of the following apply. Amended form Your filing status is married filing separately. Amended form You are listed as a dependent on another person's tax return (such as your parents'). Amended form See Who Can Claim a Dependent's Expenses , later. Amended form Your modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) is $63,000 or more ($127,000 or more in the case of a joint return). Amended form MAGI is explained later under Effect of the Amount of Your Income on the Amount of Your Credit . Amended form You (or your spouse) were a nonresident alien for any part of 2013 and the nonresident alien did not elect to be treated as a resident alien for tax purposes. Amended form More information on nonresident aliens can be found in Publication 519. Amended form You claim the American Opportunity Credit (see chapter 2) or a Tuition and Fees Deduction (see chapter 6) for the same student in 2013. Amended form What Expenses Qualify The lifetime learning credit is based on qualified education expenses you pay for yourself, your spouse, or a dependent for whom you claim an exemption on your tax return. Amended form Generally, the credit is allowed for qualified education expenses paid in 2013 for an academic period beginning in 2013 or in the first 3 months of 2014. Amended form For example, if you paid $1,500 in December 2013 for qualified tuition for the spring 2014 semester beginning in January 2014, you may be able to use that $1,500 in figuring your 2013 credit. Amended form Academic period. Amended form   An academic period includes a semester, trimester, quarter, or other period of study (such as a summer school session) as reasonably determined by an educational institution. Amended form In the case of an educational institution that uses credit hours or clock hours and does not have academic terms, each payment period can be treated as an academic period. Amended form Paid with borrowed funds. Amended form   You can claim a lifetime learning credit for qualified education expenses paid with the proceeds of a loan. Amended form You use the expenses to figure the lifetime learning credit for the year in which the expenses are paid, not the year in which the loan is repaid. Amended form Treat loan disbursements sent directly to the educational institution as paid on the date the institution credits the student's account. Amended form Student withdraws from class(es). Amended form   You can claim a lifetime learning credit for qualified education expenses not refunded when a student withdraws. Amended form Qualified Education Expenses For purposes of the lifetime learning credit, qualified education expenses are tuition and certain related expenses required for enrollment in a course at an eligible educational institution. Amended form The course must be either part of a postsecondary degree program or taken by the student to acquire or improve job skills. Amended form Eligible educational institution. Amended form   An eligible educational institution is any college, university, vocational school, or other postsecondary educational institution eligible to participate in a student aid program administered by the U. Amended form S. Amended form Department of Education. Amended form It includes virtually all accredited public, nonprofit, and proprietary (privately owned profit-making) postsecondary institutions. Amended form The educational institution should be able to tell you if it is an eligible educational institution. Amended form   Certain educational institutions located outside the United States also participate in the U. Amended form S. Amended form Department of Education's Federal Student Aid (FSA) programs. Amended form Related expenses. Amended form   Student-activity fees and expenses for course-related books, supplies, and equipment are included in qualified education expenses only if the fees and expenses must be paid to the institution for enrollment or attendance. Amended form Prepaid expenses. Amended form   Qualified education expenses paid in 2013 for an academic period that begins in the first three months of 2014 can be used in figuring an education credit for 2013 only. Amended form See Academic period , earlier. Amended form For example, you pay $2,000 in December 2013 for qualified tuition for the 2014 winter quarter that begins in January 2014, you can use that $2,000 in figuring an education credit for 2013 only (if you meet all the other requirements). Amended form You cannot use any amount you paid in 2012 or 2014 to figure the qualified education expenses you use to figure your 2013 education credit(s). Amended form In the following examples, assume that each student is an eligible student at an eligible educational institution. Amended form Example 1. Amended form   Jackson is a sophomore in University V's degree program in dentistry. Amended form This year, in addition to tuition, he is required to pay a fee to the university for the rental of the dental equipment he will use in this program. Amended form Because the equipment rental fee must be paid to University V for enrollment and attendance, Jackson's equipment rental fee is a qualified expense. Amended form Example 2. Amended form   Donna and Charles, both first-year students at College W, are required to have certain books and other reading materials to use in their mandatory first-year classes. Amended form The college has no policy about how students should obtain these materials, but any student who purchases them from College W's bookstore will receive a bill directly from the college. Amended form Charles bought his books from a friend, so what he paid for them is not a qualified education expense. Amended form Donna bought hers at College W's bookstore. Amended form Although Donna paid College W directly for her first-year books and materials, her payment is not a qualified expense because the books and materials are not required to be purchased from College W for enrollment or attendance at the institution. Amended form Example 3. Amended form   When Marci enrolled at College X for her freshman year, she had to pay a separate student activity fee in addition to her tuition. Amended form This activity fee is required of all students, and is used solely to fund on-campus organizations and activities run by students, such as the student newspaper and student government. Amended form No portion of the fee covers personal expenses. Amended form Although labeled as a student activity fee, the fee is required for Marci's enrollment and attendance at College X. Amended form Therefore, it is a qualified expense. Amended form No Double Benefit Allowed You cannot do any of the following: Deduct higher education expenses on your income tax return (as, for example, a business expense) and also claim a lifetime learning credit based on those same expenses. Amended form Claim a lifetime learning credit in the same year that you are claiming a tuition and fees deduction for the same student. Amended form Claim a lifetime learning credit and an American opportunity credit based on the same qualified education expenses. Amended form Claim a lifetime learning credit based on the same expenses used to figure the tax-free portion of a distribution from a Coverdell education savings account (ESA) or qualified tuition program (QTP). Amended form See Coordination With American Opportunity and Lifetime Learning Credits in chapter 7, Coverdell Education Savings Account, and Coordination With American Opportunity and Lifetime Learning Credits in chapter 8, Qualified Tuition Program. Amended form Claim a credit based on qualified education expenses paid with tax-free educational assistance, such as a scholarship, grant, or assistance provided by an employer. Amended form See Adjustments to Qualified Education Expenses, next. Amended form This image is too large to be displayed in the current screen. Amended form Please click the link to view the image. Amended form Figure 3-1 Adjustments to Qualified Education Expenses For each student, reduce the qualified education expenses paid by or on behalf of that student under the following rules. Amended form The result is the amount of adjusted qualified education expenses for each student. Amended form Tax-free educational assistance. Amended form   For tax-free educational assistance received in 2013, reduce the qualified educational expenses for each academic period by the amount of tax-free educational assistance allocable to that academic period. Amended form See Academic period , earlier. Amended form   Some tax-free educational assistance received after 2013 may be treated as a refund of qualified education expenses paid in 2013. Amended form This tax-free educational assistance is any tax-free educational assistance received by you or anyone else after 2013 for qualified education expenses paid on behalf of a student in 2013 (or attributable to enrollment at an eligible educational institution during 2013). Amended form   If this tax-free educational assistance is received after 2013 but before you file your 2013 income tax return, see Refunds received after 2013 but before your income tax return is filed , later. Amended form If this tax-free educational assistance is received after 2013 and after you file your 2013 income tax return, see Refunds received after 2013 and after your income tax return is filed , later. Amended form   Tax-free educational assistance includes: The tax-free part of scholarships and fellowships (see Tax-Free Scholarships and Fellowships in chapter 1, Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants, and Tuition Reductions), Pell grants (see Pell Grants and Other Title IV Need-Based Education Grants in chapter 1, Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants, and Tuition Reductions), Employer-provided educational assistance (see chapter 11, Employer-Provided Educational Assistance ), Veterans' educational assistance (see Veterans' Benefits in chapter 1, Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants, and Tuition Reductions), and Any other nontaxable (tax-free) payments (other than gifts or inheritances) received as educational assistance. Amended form Generally, any scholarship or fellowship is treated as tax free. Amended form However, a scholarship or fellowship is not treated as tax free to the extent the student includes it in gross income (if the student is required to file a tax return for the year the scholarship or fellowship is received) and either of the following is true. Amended form The scholarship or fellowship (or any part of it) must be applied (by its terms) to expenses (such as room and board) other than qualified education expenses as defined in Qualified education expenses in chapter 1, Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants, and Tuition Reductions. Amended form The scholarship or fellowship (or any part of it) may be applied (by its terms) to expenses (such as room and board) other than qualified education expenses as defined in Qualified education expenses in chapter 1, Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants, and Tuition Reductions. Amended form You may be able to increase the combined value of an education credit and certain educational assistance if the student includes some or all of the educational assistance in income in the year it is received. Amended form For examples, see Coordination with Pell grants and other scholarships, later. Amended form Refunds. Amended form   A refund of qualified education expenses may reduce adjusted qualified education expenses for the tax year or require repayment (recapture) of a credit claimed in an earlier year. Amended form Some tax-free educational assistance received after 2013 may be treated as a refund. Amended form See Tax-free educational assistance , earlier. Amended form Refunds received in 2013. Amended form   For each student, figure the adjusted qualified education expenses for 2013 by adding all the qualified education expenses for 2013 and subtracting any refunds of those expenses received from the eligible educational institution during 2013. Amended form Refunds received after 2013 but before your income tax return is filed. Amended form   If anyone receives a refund after 2013 of qualified education expenses paid on behalf of a student in 2013 and the refund is paid before you file an income tax return for 2013, the amount of qualified education expenses for 2013 is reduced by the amount of the refund. Amended form Refunds received after 2013 and after your income tax return is filed. Amended form   If anyone receives a refund after 2013 of qualified education expenses paid on behalf of a student in 2013 and the refund is paid after you file an income tax return for 2013, you may need to repay some or all of the credit. Amended form See Credit recapture, next. Amended form Credit recapture. Amended form    If any tax-free educational assistance for the qualified education expenses paid in 2013 or any refund of your qualified education expenses paid in 2013 is received after you file your 2013 income tax return, you must recapture (repay) any excess credit. Amended form You do this by refiguring the amount of your adjusted qualified education expenses for 2013 by reducing the expenses by the amount of the refund or tax-free educational assistance. Amended form You then refigure your education credit(s) for 2013 and figure the amount by which your 2013 tax liability would have increased if you had claimed the refigured credit(s). Amended form Include that amount as an additional tax for the year the refund or tax-free assistance was received. Amended form Example. Amended form   You pay $9,300 in tuition and fees in December 2013, and your child began college in January 2014. Amended form You filed your 2013 tax return on February 14, 2014, and claimed a lifetime learning credit of $1,860. Amended form You claimed no other tax credits. Amended form After you filed your return, your child withdrew from two courses and you received a refund of $2,900. Amended form You must refigure your 2013 lifetime learning credit using $6,400 of qualified education expenses instead of $9,300. Amended form The refigured credit is $1,280 and your tax liability increased by $580. Amended form See instructions for your 2014 income tax return to determine where to include this tax. Amended form If you pay qualified education expenses in 2014 for an academic period that begins in the first 3 months of 2014 and you receive tax-free educational assistance, or a refund, as described above, you may choose to reduce your qualified education expenses for 2014 instead of reducing your expenses for 2013. Amended form Amounts that do not reduce qualified education expenses. Amended form   Do not reduce qualified education expenses by amounts paid with funds the student receives as: Payment for services, such as wages, A loan, A gift, An inheritance, or A withdrawal from the student's personal savings. Amended form   Do not reduce the qualified education expenses by any scholarship or fellowship reported as income on the student's tax return in the following situations. Amended form The use of the money is restricted, by the terms of the scholarship or fellowship, to costs of attendance (such as room and board) other than qualified education expenses, as defined in Qualified education expenses in chapter 1, Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants, and Tuition Reductions. Amended form The use of the money is not restricted. Amended form For examples, see Adjustments to Qualified Education Expenses in chapter 2, American Opportunity Credit. Amended form Coordination with Pell grants and other scholarships. Amended form   In some cases, you may be able to reduce your tax liability by including scholarships in income. Amended form If you are claiming an education credit for a claimed dependent who received a scholarship, you may be able to reduce your tax liability if the student includes the scholarship in income. Amended form The scholarship must be one that may (by its terms) be applied to expenses (such as room and board) other than qualified education expenses. Amended form Example 1—No scholarship. Amended form Judy Green, who is unmarried, is taking courses at a public community college to be recertified to teach in public schools. Amended form Her AGI and her MAGI, for purposes of the credit, are $27,000. Amended form Judy takes the standard deduction of $5,950 and personal exemption of $3,800, reducing her AGI to taxable income of $17,250 and her tax before credits is $2,156. Amended form She claims no credits other than the lifetime learning credit. Amended form In July 2013 she paid $700 for the summer 2013 semester; in August 2013 she paid $1,900 for the fall 2013 semester; and in December 2013 she paid another $1,900 for the spring semester beginning in January 2014. Amended form Judy and the college meet all requirements for the lifetime learning tax credit. Amended form She can use all of the $4,500 tuition she paid in 2013 when figuring her 2013 lifetime learning credit. Amended form She claims a $900 lifetime learning credit and her tax after credits is $1,256. Amended form Example 2—Scholarship excluded from income. Amended form The facts are the same as in Example 1—No scholarship, except that Judy was awarded a $1,500 scholarship. Amended form Under the terms of her scholarship, it may be used to pay any educational expenses, including room and board. Amended form If Judy excludes the scholarship from income, she will be deemed (for purposes of computing her education credit) as having used the scholarship to pay for tuition, required fees, and course materials. Amended form Only $3,000 of the $4,500 tuition she paid in 2013 could be used when figuring her 2013 lifetime learning credit. Amended form Her lifetime learning credit would be reduced to $600 and her tax after credits would be $1,556. Amended form Example 3—Scholarship included in income. Amended form The facts are the same as in Example 2—Scholarship excluded from income. Amended form If, unlike Example 2, Judy includes the $1,500 scholarship in income, she will be deemed to have used the entire scholarship to pay for room and board. Amended form Judy's AGI will increase to $28,500, her taxable income would be $18,750, and her tax before credits would be $2,381. Amended form She would be able to use the $4,500 of adjusted qualified education expenses to figure her credit. Amended form Judy could claim a $900 lifetime learning credit and her tax after credits would be $1,481. Amended form Expenses That Do Not Qualify Qualified education expenses do not include amounts paid for: Insurance, Medical expenses (including student health fees), Room and board, Transportation, or Similar personal, living, or family expenses. Amended form This is true even if the amount must be paid to the institution as a condition of enrollment or attendance. Amended form Sports, games, hobbies, and noncredit courses. Amended form   Qualified education expenses generally do not include expenses that relate to any course of instruction or other education that involves sports, games or hobbies, or any noncredit course. Amended form However, if the course of instruction or other education is part of the student's degree program or is taken by the student to acquire or improve job skills, these expenses can qualify. Amended form Comprehensive or bundled fees. Amended form   Some eligible educational institutions combine all of their fees for an academic period into one amount. Amended form If you do not receive or do not have access to an allocation showing how much you paid for qualified education expenses and how much you paid for personal expenses, such as those listed above, contact the institution. Amended form The institution is required to make this allocation and provide you with the amount you paid (or were billed) for qualified education expenses on Form 1098-T. Amended form See Figuring the Credit , later, for more information about Form 1098-T. Amended form Who Is an Eligible Student For purposes of the lifetime learning credit, an eligible student is a student who is enrolled in one or more courses at an eligible educational institution (as defined under Qualified Education Expenses , earlier). Amended form Who Can Claim a Dependent's Expenses If there are qualified education expenses for your dependent during a tax year, either you or your dependent, but not both of you, can claim a lifetime learning credit for your dependent's expenses for that year. Amended form For you to claim a lifetime learning credit for your dependent's expenses, you must also claim an exemption for your dependent. Amended form You do this by listing your dependent's name and other required information on Form 1040 (or Form 1040A), line 6c. Amended form IF you. Amended form . Amended form . Amended form THEN only. Amended form . Amended form . Amended form claim an exemption on your tax return for a dependent who is an eligible student you can claim the lifetime learning credit based on that dependent's expenses. Amended form The dependent cannot claim the credit. Amended form do not claim an exemption on your tax return for a dependent who is an eligible student (even if entitled to the exemption) the dependent can claim the lifetime learning credit. Amended form You cannot claim the credit based on this dependent's expenses. Amended form Expenses paid by dependent. Amended form   If you claim an exemption on your tax return for an eligible student who is your dependent, treat any expenses paid (or deemed paid) by your dependent as if you had paid them. Amended form Include these expenses when figuring the amount of your lifetime learning credit. Amended form    Qualified education expenses paid directly to an eligible educational institution for your dependent under a court-approved divorce decree are treated as paid by your dependent. Amended form Expenses paid by you. Amended form   If you claim an exemption for a dependent who is an eligible student, only you can include any expenses you paid when figuring the amount of the lifetime learning credit. Amended form If neither you nor anyone else claims an exemption for the dependent, only the dependent can include any expenses you paid when figuring the lifetime learning credit. Amended form Expenses paid by others. Amended form   Someone other than you, your spouse, or your dependent (such as a relative or former spouse) may make a payment directly to an eligible educational institution to pay for an eligible student's qualified education expenses. Amended form In this case, the student is treated as receiving the payment from the other person and, in turn, paying the institution. Amended form If you claim an exemption on your tax return for the student, you are considered to have paid the expenses. Amended form Example. Amended form In 2013, Ms. Amended form Allen makes a payment directly to an eligible educational institution for her grandson Todd's qualified education expenses. Amended form For purposes of claiming a lifetime learning credit, Todd is treated as receiving the money from his grandmother and, in turn, paying his qualified education expenses himself. Amended form Unless an exemption for Todd is claimed on someone else's 2013 tax return, only Todd can use the payment to claim a lifetime learning credit. Amended form If anyone, such as Todd's parents, claims an exemption for Todd on his or her 2013 tax return, whoever claims the exemption may be able to use the expenses to claim a lifetime learning credit. Amended form If anyone else claims an exemption for Todd, Todd cannot claim a lifetime learning credit. Amended form Tuition reduction. Amended form   When an eligible educational institution provides a reduction in tuition to an employee of the institution (or spouse or dependent child of an employee), the amount of the reduction may or may not be taxable. Amended form If it is taxable, the employee is treated as receiving a payment of that amount and, in turn, paying it to the educational institution on behalf of the student. Amended form For more information on tuition reductions, see Qualified Tuition Reduction in chapter 1, Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants, and Tuition Reductions. Amended form Figuring the Credit The amount of the lifetime learning credit is 20% of the first $10,000 of qualified education expenses you paid for all eligible students. Amended form The maximum amount of lifetime learning credit you can claim for 2013 is $2,000 (20% × $10,000). Amended form However, that amount may be reduced based on your MAGI. Amended form See Effect of the Amount of Your Income on the Amount of Your Credit , later. Amended form Example. Amended form Bruce and Toni Harper are married and file a joint tax return. Amended form For 2013, their MAGI is $75,000. Amended form Toni is attending a local college (an eligible educational institution) to earn credits toward a degree in nursing. Amended form She already has a bachelor's degree in history and wants to become a nurse. Amended form In August 2013, Toni paid $5,000 of qualified education expenses for her fall 2013 semester. Amended form Bruce and Toni can claim a $1,000 (20% × $5,000) lifetime learning credit on their 2013 joint tax return. Amended form Form 1098-T. Amended form   To help you figure your lifetime learning credit, the student should receive Form 1098-T. Amended form Generally, an eligible educational institution (such as a college or university) must send Form 1098-T (or acceptable substitute) to each enrolled student by January 31, 2014. Amended form An institution may choose to report either payments received (box 1), or amounts billed (box 2), for qualified education expenses. Amended form However, the amounts in boxes 1 and 2 of Form 1098-T might be different from what you paid. Amended form When figuring the credit, use only the amounts you paid or are deemed to have paid in 2013 for qualified education expenses. Amended form   In addition, Form 1098-T should give other information for that institution, such as adjustments made for prior years, the amount of scholarships or grants, reimbursements or refunds, and whether the student was enrolled at least half-time or was a graduate student. Amended form    The eligible educational institution may ask for a completed Form W-9S, or similar statement to obtain the student's name, address, and taxpayer identification number. Amended form Effect of the Amount of Your Income on the Amount of Your Credit The amount of your lifetime learning credit is phased out (gradually reduced) if your MAGI is between $53,000 and $63,000 ($107,000 and $127,000 if you file a joint return). Amended form You cannot claim a lifetime learning credit if your MAGI is $63,000 or more ($127,000 or more if you file a joint return). Amended form Modified adjusted gross income (MAGI). Amended form   For most taxpayers, MAGI is adjusted gross income (AGI) as figured on their federal income tax return. Amended form MAGI when using Form 1040A. Amended form   If you file Form 1040A, your MAGI is the AGI on line 22 of that form. Amended form MAGI when using Form 1040. Amended form   If you file Form 1040, your MAGI is the AGI on line 38 of that form, modified by adding back any: Foreign earned income exclusion, Foreign housing exclusion, Foreign housing deduction, Exclusion of income by bona fide residents of American Samoa, and Exclusion of income by bona fide residents of Puerto Rico. Amended form You can use Worksheet 3-1 to figure your MAGI. Amended form Worksheet 3-1. Amended form MAGI for the Lifetime Learning Credit 1. Amended form Enter your adjusted gross income  (Form 1040, line 38)   1. Amended form   2. Amended form Enter your foreign earned income exclusion and/or housing exclusion (Form 2555, line 45, or Form 2555-EZ, line 18)   2. Amended form       3. Amended form Enter your foreign housing deduction (Form 2555, line 50)   3. Amended form       4. Amended form Enter the amount of income from Puerto Rico you are excluding   4. Amended form       5. Amended form Enter the amount of income from American Samoa you are excluding (Form 4563, line 15)   5. Amended form       6. Amended form Add the amounts on lines 2, 3, 4, and 5   6. Amended form   7. Amended form Add the amounts on lines 1 and 6. Amended form  This is your modified adjusted  gross income. Amended form Enter this amount  on Form 8863, line 14   7. Amended form   Phaseout. Amended form   If your MAGI is within the range of incomes where the credit must be reduced, you will figure your reduced credit using lines 10-18 of Form 8863. Amended form The same method is shown in the following example. Amended form Example. Amended form You are filing a joint return with a MAGI of $112,000. Amended form In 2013, you paid $6,600 of qualified education expenses. Amended form You figure the tentative lifetime learning credit (20% of the first $10,000 of qualified education expenses you paid for all eligible students). Amended form The result is a $1,320 (20% x $6,600) tentative credit. Amended form Because your MAGI is within the range of incomes where the credit must be reduced, you must multiply your tentative credit ($1,320) by a fraction. Amended form The numerator of the fraction is $127,000 (the upper limit for those filing a joint return) minus your MAGI. Amended form The denominator is $20,000, the range of incomes for the phaseout ($107,000 to $127,000). Amended form The result is the amount of your phased out (reduced) lifetime learning credit ($990). Amended form   $1,320 × $127,000 − $112,000  $20,000 = $990   Claiming the Credit You claim the lifetime learning credit by completing Form 8863 and submitting it with your Form 1040 or 1040A. Amended form Enter the credit on Form 1040, line 49, or Form 1040A, line 31. Amended form Note. Amended form In Appendix A, Illustrated Example of Education Credits at the end of this publication, there is an example illustrating the use of Form 8863 when both the American opportunity credit and the lifetime learning credit are claimed on the same tax return. Amended form Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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We are now referring all requests for tax return preparation services to other available resources. You can take advantage of free tax preparation through Free File, Free File Fillable Forms or through a volunteer site in your community. To find the nearest volunteer site location or to get more information about Free File, go to the top of the page and enter “Free Tax Help” in the Search box.

If you have a tax account issues and feel that it requires talking with someone face-to-face, visit your local TAC.

Caution:  Many of our offices are located in Federal Office Buildings. These buildings may not allow visitors to bring in cell phones with camera capabilities.

Multilingual assistance is available in every office. Hours of operation are subject to change.

Before visiting your local office click on "Services Provided" in the chart below to see what services are available. Services are limited and not all services are available at every TAC office and may vary from site to site. You can get these services on a walk-in basis.

City Street Address Days/Hours of Service Telephone* 
Detroit  500 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226 

Monday-Friday - 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

 

**This office will be open until 6:00 p.m. on 4/14 & 4/15**

 

Services Provided

(313) 628-3722 
Flint  917 N. Saginaw Street
Flint, MI 48503 

Monday-Friday - 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
(Closed for lunch 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.)

 

**This office will be open until 6:00 p.m. on 4/14 & 4/15**


Services Provided

(810) 342-6190 
Grand Rapids  3251 N. Evergreen Dr. N.E.
Grand Rapids, MI 49525 

Monday-Friday - 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
 

Services Provided

(616) 365-4700 
Marquette  1055 W. Baraga Ave.
Marquette, MI 49855 

Monday-Friday - 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
(Closed for lunch 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.)

 

Services Provided

(906) 228-7845 
Saginaw  4901 Towne Centre
Saginaw, MI 48604 

Monday-Friday - 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
(Closed for lunch 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.)

 

Services Provided

(989) 797-8560 
Traverse City  2040 N. US 31 South
Traverse City, MI 49685 

Monday-Friday - 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
(Closed for lunch 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.)
 

    Services Provided

(231) 932-2192 

* Note: The phone numbers in the chart above are not toll-free for all locations. When you call, you will reach a recorded business message with information about office hours, locations and services provided in that office. If face-to-face assistance is not a priority for you, you may also get help with IRS letters or resolve tax account issues by phone, toll free at 1-800-829-1040 (individuals) or 1-800-829-4933 (businesses).

For information on where to file your tax return please see Where to File Addresses.

The Taxpayer Advocate Service: Call 313-628-3670 in Detroit or 1-877-777-4778 elsewhere, or see Publication 1546, The Taxpayer Advocate Service of the IRS.

For further information, see Tax Topic 104

Partnerships

IRS and organizations all over the country are partnering to assist taxpayers. Through these partnerships, organizations are also achieving their own goals. These mutually beneficial partnerships are strengthening outreach efforts and bringing education and assistance to millions.

For more information about these programs for individuals and families, contact the Stakeholder Partnerships, Education and Communication Office at:

Internal Revenue Service
477 Michigan Ave.
Stop 45, Room 2401
Detroit, MI 48226

For more information about these programs for businesses, your local Stakeholder Liaison office establishes relationships with organizations representing small business and self-employed taxpayers. They provide information about the policies, practices and procedures the IRS uses to ensure compliance with the tax laws. To establish a relationship with us, use this list to find a contact in your state:

Stakeholder Liaison (SL) Phone Numbers for Organizations Representing Small Businesses and Self-employed Taxpayers.

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 28-Mar-2014

The Amended Form

Amended form 6. Amended form   How To Get Tax Help Table of Contents Whether it's help with a tax issue, preparing your tax return or a need for a free publication or form, get the help you need the way you want it: online, use a smart phone, call or walk in to an IRS office or volunteer site near you. Amended form Free help with your tax return. Amended form   You can get free help preparing your return nationwide from IRS-certified volunteers. Amended form The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program helps low-to-moderate income, elderly, people with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers. Amended form The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. Amended form Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing and all volunteers will let you know about credits and deductions you may be entitled to claim. Amended form In addition, some VITA and TCE sites provide taxpayers the opportunity to prepare their own return with help from an IRS-certified volunteer. Amended form To find the nearest VITA or TCE site, you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. Amended form gov, download the IRS2Go app, or call 1-800-906-9887. Amended form   As part of the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program. Amended form To find the nearest AARP Tax-Aide site, visit AARP's website at www. Amended form aarp. Amended form org/money/taxaide or call 1-888-227-7669. Amended form For more information on these programs, go to IRS. Amended form gov and enter “VITA” in the search box. Amended form Internet. Amended form    IRS. Amended form gov and IRS2Go are ready when you are —24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Amended form Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. Amended form Use it to check your refund status, order transcripts of your tax returns or tax account, watch the IRS YouTube channel, get IRS news as soon as it's released to the public, subscribe to filing season updates or daily tax tips, and follow the IRS Twitter news feed, @IRSnews, to get the latest federal tax news, including information about tax law changes and important IRS programs. Amended form Check the status of your 2013 refund with the Where's My Refund? application on IRS. Amended form gov or download the IRS2Go app and select the Refund Status option. Amended form The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. Amended form Using these applications, you can start checking on the status of your return within 24 hours after we receive your e-filed return or 4 weeks after you mail a paper return. Amended form You will also be given a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. Amended form The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. Amended form Use the Interactive Tax Assistant (ITA) to research your tax questions. Amended form No need to wait on the phone or stand in line. Amended form The ITA is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and provides you with a variety of tax information related to general filing topics, deductions, credits, and income. Amended form When you reach the response screen, you can print the entire interview and the final response for your records. Amended form New subject areas are added on a regular basis. Amended form  Answers not provided through ITA may be found in Tax Trails, one of the Tax Topics on IRS. Amended form gov which contain general individual and business tax information or by searching the IRS Tax Map, which includes an international subject index. Amended form You can use the IRS Tax Map, to search publications and instructions by topic or keyword. Amended form The IRS Tax Map integrates forms and publications into one research tool and provides single-point access to tax law information by subject. Amended form When the user searches the IRS Tax Map, they will be provided with links to related content in existing IRS publications, forms and instructions, questions and answers, and Tax Topics. Amended form Coming this filing season, you can immediately view and print for free all 5 types of individual federal tax transcripts (tax returns, tax account, record of account, wage and income statement, and certification of non-filing) using Get Transcript. Amended form You can also ask the IRS to mail a return or an account transcript to you. Amended form Only the mail option is available by choosing the Tax Records option on the IRS2Go app by selecting Mail Transcript on IRS. Amended form gov or by calling 1-800-908-9946. Amended form Tax return and tax account transcripts are generally available for the current year and the past three years. Amended form Determine if you are eligible for the EITC and estimate the amount of the credit with the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Assistant. Amended form Visit Understanding Your IRS Notice or Letter to get answers to questions about a notice or letter you received from the IRS. Amended form If you received the First Time Homebuyer Credit, you can use the First Time Homebuyer Credit Account Look-up tool for information on your repayments and account balance. Amended form Check the status of your amended return using Where's My Amended Return? Go to IRS. Amended form gov and enter Where's My Amended Return? in the search box. Amended form You can generally expect your amended return to be processed up to 12 weeks from the date we receive it. Amended form It can take up to 3 weeks from the date you mailed it to show up in our system. Amended form Make a payment using one of several safe and convenient electronic payment options available on IRS. Amended form gov. Amended form Select the Payment tab on the front page of IRS. Amended form gov for more information. Amended form Determine if you are eligible and apply for an online payment agreement, if you owe more tax than you can pay today. Amended form Figure your income tax withholding with the IRS Withholding Calculator on IRS. Amended form gov. Amended form Use it if you've had too much or too little withheld, your personal situation has changed, you're starting a new job or you just want to see if you're having the right amount withheld. Amended form Determine if you might be subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax by using the Alternative Minimum Tax Assistant on IRS. Amended form gov. Amended form Request an Electronic Filing PIN by going to IRS. Amended form gov and entering Electronic Filing PIN in the search box. Amended form Download forms, instructions and publications, including accessible versions for people with disabilities. Amended form Locate the nearest Taxpayer Assistance Center (TAC) using the Office Locator tool on IRS. Amended form gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices. Amended form An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. Amended form Before you visit, check the Office Locator on IRS. Amended form gov, or Local Offices under Contact Us on IRS2Go to confirm the address, phone number, days and hours of operation, and the services provided. Amended form If you have a special need, such as a disability, you can request an appointment. Amended form Call the local number listed in the Office Locator, or look in the phone book under United States Government, Internal Revenue Service. Amended form Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN). Amended form Go to IRS. Amended form gov and enter Apply for an EIN in the search box. Amended form Read the Internal Revenue Code, regulations, or other official guidance. Amended form Read Internal Revenue Bulletins. Amended form Sign up to receive local and national tax news and more by email. Amended form Just click on “subscriptions” above the search box on IRS. Amended form gov and choose from a variety of options. Amended form Phone. Amended form    You can call the IRS, or you can carry it in your pocket with the IRS2Go app on your smart phone or tablet. Amended form Download the free IRS2Go app from the iTunes app store or from Google Play. Amended form Call to locate the nearest volunteer help site, 1-800-906-9887 or you can use the VITA Locator Tool on IRS. Amended form gov, or download the IRS2Go app. Amended form Low-to-moderate income, elderly, people with disabilities, and limited English proficient taxpayers can get free help with their tax return from the nationwide Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Amended form The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program helps taxpayers age 60 and older with their tax returns. Amended form Most VITA and TCE sites offer free electronic filing. Amended form Some VITA and TCE sites provide IRS-certified volunteers who can help prepare your tax return. Amended form Through the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program; call 1-888-227-7669 to find the nearest Tax-Aide location. Amended form Call the automated Where's My Refund? information hotline to check the status of your 2013 refund 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-829-1954. Amended form If you e-file, you can start checking on the status of your return within 24 hours after the IRS receives your tax return or 4 weeks after you've mailed a paper return. Amended form The IRS issues more than 9 out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. Amended form Where's My Refund? will give you a personalized refund date as soon as the IRS processes your tax return and approves your refund. Amended form Before you call this automated hotline, have your 2013 tax return handy so you can enter your social security number, your filing status, and the exact whole dollar amount of your refund. Amended form The IRS updates Where's My Refund? every 24 hours, usually overnight, so you only need to check once a day. Amended form Note, the above information is for our automated hotline. Amended form Our live phone and walk-in assistors can research the status of your refund only if it's been 21 days or more since you filed electronically or more than 6 weeks since you mailed your paper return. Amended form Call the Amended Return Hotline, 1-866-464-2050, to check the status of your amended return. Amended form You can generally expect your amended return to be processed up to 12 weeks from the date we receive it. Amended form It can take up to 3 weeks from the date you mailed it to show up in our system. Amended form Call 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676) to order current-year forms, instructions, publications, and prior-year forms and instructions (limited to 5 years). Amended form You should receive your order within 10 business days. Amended form Call TeleTax, 1-800-829-4477, to listen to pre-recorded messages covering general and business tax information. Amended form If, between January and April 15, you still have questions about the Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ (like filing requirements, dependents, credits, Schedule D, pensions and IRAs or self-employment taxes), call 1-800-829-1040. Amended form Call using TTY/TDD equipment, 1-800-829-4059 to ask tax questions or order forms and publications. Amended form The TTY/TDD telephone number is for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability. Amended form These individuals can also contact the IRS through relay services such as the Federal Relay Service. Amended form Walk-in. Amended form   You can find a selection of forms, publications and services — in-person. Amended form Products. Amended form You can walk in to some post offices, libraries, and IRS offices to pick up certain forms, instructions, and publications. Amended form Some IRS offices, libraries, and city and county government offices have a collection of products available to photocopy from reproducible proofs. Amended form Services. Amended form You can walk in to your local TAC for face-to-face tax help. Amended form An employee can answer questions about your tax account or help you set up a payment plan. Amended form Before visiting, use the Office Locator tool on IRS. Amended form gov, or choose the Contact Us option on the IRS2Go app and search Local Offices for days and hours of operation, and services provided. Amended form Mail. Amended form   You can send your order for forms, instructions, and publications to the address below. Amended form You should receive a response within 10 business days after your request is received. Amended form Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. Amended form Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613    The Taxpayer Advocate Service Is Here to Help You. Amended form The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is your voice at the IRS. Amended form Our job is to ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly and that you know and understand your rights. Amended form   What can TAS do for you? We can offer you free help with IRS problems that you can't resolve on your own. Amended form We know this process can be confusing, but the worst thing you can do is nothing at all! TAS can help if you can't resolve your tax problem and: Your problem is causing financial difficulties for you, your family, or your business. Amended form You face (or your business is facing) an immediate threat of adverse action. Amended form You've tried repeatedly to contact the IRS but no one has responded, or the IRS hasn't responded by the date promised. Amended form   If you qualify for our help, you'll be assigned to one advocate who'll be with you at every turn and will do everything possible to resolve your problem. Amended form Here's why we can help: TAS is an independent organization within the IRS. Amended form Our advocates know how to work with the IRS. Amended form Our services are free and tailored to meet your needs. Amended form We have offices in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Amended form   How can you reach us? If you think TAS can help you, call your local advocate, whose number is in your local directory and at Taxpayer Advocate, or call us toll-free at 1-877-777-4778. Amended form   How else does TAS help taxpayers?  TAS also works to resolve large-scale, systemic problems that affect many taxpayers. Amended form If you know of one of these broad issues, please report it to us through our Systemic Advocacy Management System. Amended form Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs). Amended form   Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs) serve individuals whose income is below a certain level and need to resolve tax problems such as audits, appeals, and tax collection disputes. Amended form Some clinics can provide information about taxpayer rights and responsibilities in different languages for individuals who speak English as a second language. Amended form Visit www. Amended form TaxpayerAdvocate. Amended form irs. Amended form gov or see IRS Publication 4134, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic List. Amended form Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications