This Tax Season, It Pays to Get Educated

This Tax Season, It Pays to Get Educated® outlines potential tax breaks for students

New York, N.Y., March 24, 2008 —®, a part of Experian and a free online resource that can assist prospective students in finding degree and certificate programs best suited to advancing their professional goals, today outlined several tax breaks that may be available to students pursuing higher education. Qualifying students will be happy to find that when it comes to earning a degree, Uncle Sam may be able to ease the financial burden.

“Earning a degree can open new doors both personally and professionally, but it also can be expensive,” said Stephen Semprevivo, president of “ encourages all students to explore money-saving avenues such as education-related tax breaks, as well as scholarships, grants, loans, work-study programs and fast-track program opportunities.”

The Internal Revenue Service offers three key tax breaks that can help offset the costs associated with higher education: the tuition and fees deduction, the Hope credit and the lifetime learning credit.

  • The tuition and fees deduction reduces the amount of an eligible student’s income that is subject to tax by up to $4,000. That could result in big savings for working professionals who are also students.
  • The Hope credit is a tax credit of up to $1,650 for an eligible student’s qualified expenses. Qualified expenses may include course-related books, supplies and equipment. Because it is a credit, this option actually reduces the amount of taxes an eligible person must pay rather than just reducing the amount of income that can be taxed.
  • The lifetime learning credit is a tax credit of up to 20 percent of the first $10,000 paid for qualified expenses. That translates into savings of up to $2,000. The lifetime learning credit does not have an enrollment requirement, meaning students who are not pursuing a specific degree but are taking courses to acquire or strengthen job skills may be eligible.

Beyond these money-saving tax breaks, additional tax deductions may be available for students who itemize on their tax returns. In some cases, supplies, books and other expenses incurred as a college student can translate into tax deductions. Students should consult a tax professional to discuss their options.

This press release is for general information only and does not constitute tax advice. Please consult your tax adviser for tax advice matters with respect to the information contained in this press release.

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