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I paid many expenses for my child who's attending college. The expenses include tuition, apartment rent, utilities, and credit card bills. Since she's in college, what expenses can I deduct?

You might be able to claim your college-age child as a dependent. However, you can’t deduct her personal expenses. These include rent, utilities, and credit cards expenses.

If she's your dependent, though, you can claim education-related credits for the tuition you paid. If your daughter meets these requirements, she qualifies you to claim the American Opportunity Credit:

  • She's a candidate for one of these:
    • A degree
    • A certificate
    • Other recognized educational credential
  • She's at least a half-time student for one academic period during the year.
  • She hasn't completed the first four years of post-secondary study.
  • She has no state or federal felony drug convictions.
  • Your adjusted gross income (AGI) is:
    • Less than $180,000 if you're married filing jointly
    • Less than $90,000 if you're filing single or married filing separately

If your daughter qualifies for the American Opportunity Credit, her qualifying educational expenses include:

  • Tuition
  • Fees
  • Any course materials (Ex: textbooks) that are required for enrollment or attendance at an eligible educational institution

If your daughter doesn't qualify for that credit, she might qualify for the Lifetime Learning Credit. For this credit, tuition and fees are qualifying expenses. However, books don’t qualify:

  • Unless you pay the cost for them directly to the institution as a condition of enrollment and attendance
  • If you buy the books at the school's bookstore

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