Study Guide - Education Tax Benefits

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Prerequisite: None

Course level: Basic

Advanced preparation: None

Teaching method: Online study and exam

Chapter 1 – 529 Qualified Tuition Programs

The objective of this chapter is to review how to:

  • Compare prepaid tuition plans with college savings plans;
  • Identify the expenses considered qualified education expenses under a qualified tuition program and the educational institutions at which such expenses may be incurred;
  • Recognize the rules applicable to IRC §529 qualified tuition program contribution limits and the tax treatment of plan contributions; and
  • Apply the applicable tax law to IRC §529 qualified tuition program distributions.

Chapter 2 – Coverdell Education Savings Accounts

The objective of this chapter is to review how to:

  • Apply the federal income tax rules to ESA contributions, earnings and distributions;
  • Recognize the eligibility requirements applicable to ESA contributors and beneficiaries;
  • Identify the ESA contribution limits; and
  • Apply the rules governing ESA rollovers.

Chapter 3 – Education Savings Bond Program

In this chapter we will look at the federal education savings bond program rules. When you have completed this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Identify the U.S. savings bonds included in the education savings bond program;
  • List the education expenses that qualify under the education savings bond program;
  • Recognize the kind of educational institutions that are eligible for inclusion in the education savings bond program;
  • Identify the benefits whose receipt reduce a taxpayer’s qualified education expenses; and
  • Calculate the tax-free portion of adjusted qualified education expenses.

Chapter 4 – Education Tax Credits

The objective of this chapter is to review how to:

  • Recognize who is eligible to claim the tax credits;
  • Identify the expenses considered qualified education expenses and those expenses that do not qualify;
  • List the benefits for which qualified education expenses must be adjusted;
  • Define an eligible educational institution;
  • Calculate the available tax credits; and
  • Apply the tax-benefit recapture rules.

Chapter 5 – Taxation of Educational Assistance, Tuition & Fees and Student Loans

The objective of this chapter is to review how to:

  • Identify the tax treatment of educational assistance, including –
    • Scholarships and fellowships,
    • Fulbright grants,
    • Need-based education grants,
    • Veterans’ education benefits, and
    • Tuition reductions;
  • Recognize the federal income tax treatment of tuition and fees paid for higher education;
  • Calculate the student loan interest deduction available to a taxpayer; and
  • Apply the applicable federal income tax rules to student loan cancellations and repayment assistance.

 

 

 

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