In a tax class many years ago, my professor said that many schools do not know how to fill out form 1098-T correctly. It’s a shame really, but most schools have thousands of students and at times, information about tuition paid can get a little jumbled.
According to the IRS, you should furnish a 1098-T if you are an eligible educational institution. You must file a 1098-T for each student enrolled and has a reportable transaction. You must also file a 1098-T form if you are an insurer and have made reimbursements or refunds of qualified tuition and related expenses.
Not all students qualify for a form 1098-T. If there has been no academic credit for a class taken, a non-resident student, if the students tuition is completely paid by scholarships or grants, or if the student isn’t paying for school, but their employer or a government entity is paying for their schooling instead.
For the applicable students, all qualifying tuition must be reported. Tuition that is not considered to be qualifying; amounts paid for any course or other education involving sports, games, or hobbies, unless the course or other education is part of the student’s degree program or is taken to improve job skills, and charges and fees for room, board, insurance, medical expenses, transportation, and similar personal, living, or family expenses.
Phew! I hope that clears up some of the confusion a bit. Hopefully my old tax teacher will be proud.
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