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Tax Credit Opportunities For College Expenses

When looking for assistance with your child's college expenses, depending on your income, you might consider the federal American Opportunity Tax Credit instead of withdrawing from a 529 plan.

If you are looking at a joint return with a modified adjusted gross income of up to $160,000, or up to $80,000 for single filers, you could be claiming up to 100% of the first $2000 you spend on tuition and other university costs. You could also claim 25% of the next $2000 spent, making it possible for your family to receive up to $2500. 

However, bills paid from a 529 plan or a Coverdell savings account do not qualify for this credit. If your income fits, take advantage of the AOTC by limiting 529 plan withdrawals and paying up to $4000 from a qualified source instead. 

The current plan is set to expire in 2017, accommodating for lower income thresholds but with less maximum credit for future expenses. Check with H&J Certified Public Accountants to learn more about the benefits of the AOTC.


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