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Author: AKFOOL1 One star, 50 posts Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 121182  
Subject: Tax help needed Date: 3/10/2014 1:09 PM
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My son is in college and if I claim him as dependent, can he claim the tuition expenses under his name or I have to claim the tuition expenses under my name?

Cathy
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Subject: Re: Tax help needed Date: 3/10/2014 2:56 PM
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The tuition deduction and education credits follow the dependency exemption. If you claim your son as a dependent, you will claim the tuition deduction or education credit.

If you do NOT claim him as a dependent, he will claim the tuition deduction or education credit. He might not be able to claim his personal exemption, however, as probably still qualifies as your dependent. You would just be choosing to not claim him so that he can take advantage of those education tax benefits.

--Peter

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