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As required by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Form 1098-T will be furnished to all students who had qualified tuition and other related educational expenses billed to them during the previous calendar year.
The University of Wisconsin System has contracted with University Accounting Services (UAS) to provide the 1098T tax document through a website called "Get My Document". To view and print your 1098T document students need to login into their SOLAR account and click the "Get My Document" link under "Tax Information" in the Finances Box, then follow the instructions. If students do not electronically access their 1098T by January 31, a paper copy will be mailed to the mailing address on file at UW-Parkside.
If your tuition expenses are completely covered by grants, scholarships, and/or a third party, you will not receive a 1098T.
The 1098-T form is informational only and should not be considered as tax advice- please see the IRS website for tax information. It serves to alert students that they may be eligible for federal income tax education credits such as the Lifetime Learning Credit and the American Opportunity Credit as part of their Federal Income Tax Return. IRS Publication 970 "Tax Benefits for Higher Education" as well as Chapter 35 of IRS Publication 17 provide additional information on these credits. While it is a good starting point, the 1098-T, as designed and regulated by the IRS, does not contain all of the information needed to claim a tax credit. To determine the amount of qualified tuition and fees paid, and the amount of scholarships and grants received, a taxpayer should use their own financial records. There is no IRS requirement that you must claim the tuition and fees deduction or an education credit. Claiming education tax benefits is a voluntary decision for those who may qualify.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Qualified tuition and related expenses refer to tuition and required fees, such as segregated fees and lab fees, a student must pay to be enrolled at or attend an eligible education institution. Tuition waivers and remissions are considered reductions to qualified tuition and expenses. Qualified expenses do not include:
1.Amounts paid for any course or education involving sports, games or hobbies unless the course or other education is required as part of the student's degree program or is taken to acquire or improve job skills.
2.Charges and fees for room, board, insurance, transportation, personal, living and other family expenses.
3.The cost of books and equipment are generally not qualified expenses because eligible educational institutions usually do not require that the cost of the books or equipment be paid to the institution as a condition of the student's enrollment or attendance at the institution.However, some campuses may have a mandatory textbook fee or rental program which may be included as a qualified related expense.
If you successfully viewed the electronic version of the 1098-T at https://www.getmydocument.com you will not receive a paper 1098-T in the mail. Any unviewed electronic forms are mailed to the student's address as maintained by the University of Wisconsin System Campus Registrar's Offices.
Note: If your tuition expenses are completely covered by grants, scholarships, and/or a third party, you may not receive a 1098T.