Question

I have a question about claiming education credits for my child. If I don’t claim my child as a dependent, but I pay for her tuition, am I still able to claim the education credits?

Answer

No. Whoever claims the student as a dependent is the only one who can claim expenses for the credits and deductions. You are not able to claim any education credits for a non-dependent child. To be able to claim education credit, the student in question must be a dependent claimed as an exemption on your tax return.

Related Topics

Related Resources

Alabama State Refund

Are you a wage earner in Alabama? Find out how to check when you may receive your Alabama tax refund with help from H&R Block.

Where’s my refund – Arizona?

Looking for more information about your Arizona refund? Find out details on how to check your refund status, who to contact, and more from H&R Block.

Where’s my refund – West Virginia?

Looking for more information about your West Virginia refund? Find out details on how to check your refund status, who to contact, and more from H&R Block.

File Now – Don’t Risk Losing an Advance Premium Tax Credit

Even if you aren't required to file a tax return, one important reason to file is to stay eligible for the Advance Premium Tax Credit. Learn more at H&R Block.