IRS Form 1098-T, is entitled "Tuition Statement," and contains information to assist the IRS and you in determining if you are eligible to claim educational related tax credits such as the American Opportunity Credit and Lifetime Learning Tax Credit.
The Tax Relief Act of 1997 states that educational institutions, such as California State University, East Bay, are required to file informational returns with the IRS indicating a student's enrollment, and report either amounts billed, or payments received for qualified tuition and related expenses.
The 1098-T the student receives in the mail is the information that was sent to the IRS by California State University, East Bay. This form is an informational return for your personal records, and is not required to be submitted with your tax return.
There are several reasons why a 1098-T may not have been required to be generated or why you did not received the form:
1098T forms are provided to students electronically no later than January 31st for the subsequent tax year. If you require a paper/hard copy of your 1098-T or to opt-in to paper copy of your 1098 T tax form, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
To get your 1098-T tax form:
1) Log in to your MYCSUEB (Student Center)
2) Under the "Finance" section, locate the drop down menu and select the "View 1098-T Option"
CSU, East Bay reports in Box 1, payments received for qualified tuition and related expenses. Effective 2018 Tax Year, we do not report Box 2, amounts billed for qualified tuition and related expenses.
Not necessarily. Determination of eligibility is the responsibility of the taxpayer. The University is required to file 1098-T with the IRS and to mail a copy to each student who was billed for qualified tuition and related expenses.
It’s important to note the school cannot provide individual income tax advice. If you have any 1098-T tax-related questions regarding the tax credit, eligibility, reporting your tax credit on your tax return, etc, please contact a tax professional or the IRS.
You or your parents may be eligible for the educational tax credits on your tax return. The Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 created two educational tax credits for students and families, the American Opportunity Credit and the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit.
The web links below provide more detailed information about the Hope Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit.
This information is not intended as legal or tax advice. Individuals should obtain IRS Publication 970, "Tax Benefits for Higher Education," or contact a tax practitioner about personal income tax situations.