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The Hope Credit was in effect replaced by and renamed as the American Opportunity Tax Credit Jordan Heels. The Hope Credit allows a credit of $1,800 on the first $2,400 of eligible undergraduate college expenses.

The new opportunity tax credit allows for an education credit equal to $2,500 of the first $4,000 spent on tuition and fees and books for undergraduate expenses Nike High Heels. The opportunity tax credit applies to the first 4 years of college expenses whereas the Hope credit only applied to the first 2 years.

The American Opportunity Tax Credit also raised the income levels compared to the Hope Credit air jordan fusion. People with a tax status of married filing jointly who earn up to $160,000 can claim the full credit.

People filing as single can earn up to $80,000 and take the full credit air jordan 11 retro. The new education credit phases out for income levels beyond that up to $180,000 for married couples and $90,000 for single filers.

The phase out means you can claim a partial credit rather than a full credit. Heres the DealTake the Education Credit Even When You Dont Owe Another advantage of the American Opportunity tax credit is you can take the credit even if you dont owe any income tax. The credit is capped at $1,000 in that case. The IRS encourages you to file a tax return even if you dont owe tax because of credits like the education credit. The really good news is that the education credit is a refundable credit. For example, if you dont owe any income tax you can get the $1,000 as a refundable credit. If you owed $1,800 in income tax and qualified for the full $2,500, your tax would be wiped out and you would get $700 back as a refundable credit. Many people who did not qualify for the Hope Credit now qualify for the American Opportunity Credit. But that is not the end of the education credit opportunities. The lifetime learning credit also allows for a credit that is equal to 20% of college or post-secondary expenses up to $10,000 in expenses meaning the maximum education credit is $2,000. The credit can be taken by tax filers for students in the family. The nice thing about this education credit is that the student does not have to be enrolled at least half time in one of the first two years of college whereas that is a requirement for the Hope Credit and the American Opportunity Tax Credit. Under the lifetime learning credit rules you can be taking one course or not even working towards a degree and be eligible for the credit. It is applicable to undergraduate, graduate or professional level education.

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