What student loan borrowers need to know about taxes

Tips to remember when filing taxes with student loan.

What Borrowers Needed To Know About Filing Taxes With Student Loan


If you got new student loans in 2022 or made payment towards existing loans and you want to know how to optimize your taxes when you file your tax return in 2023. 

Here are five tips to remember when filing taxes with student loan.

1. Don’t count your students loans as Income

If you took out students loans last year, you don’t count this money as income though you are filing this year’s tax return. As a student loan borrower will be obliged to repay these funds. With that, you don’t count that money as this year’s income.

If you are receiving scholarships or fellowships, these funds may or may not be taxable. The distinction will depend on the details of your scholarship. In fact, in 2022 the year of the most recently available data, over $4.1 billion in scholarships was taxable.

If you use the funds for tuition, fees, or books, then the income generally should not be taxable. But if you are using the funds to cover room and board, travel, research performed as a service, or optional equipment, that income is generally taxable.

2. See if you qualify to deduct some student loan interest

Student loan payment ms were paused throughout 2022, for many borrowers. However, for borrowers with private students  loans, and those with non-federally held loans like FFEL loans, you may have paid interest.

Even if the old students are strengthened 2022 loans, all started interest is considered “paid” and you will state this on your tax return.

You can withdraw up to $2,500 in student loan interest you paid annual taxable income each year. There are income limits to keep in mind with this option. You can not earn more than $85,000 as a single filer or head of household or $170,000 if married submit together. If you earn more than this restrictions you are not entitled to deductible.

Tax if you’re not sure if you qualify H&R Block and other software accompany you by asking a few simple questions about your student loan payment or 1098-E you would have received from your loan servicer.

3. Research your state’s student loan forgiveness tax rules

If you are a borrower who has qualified for student loan forgiveness, that may affect your taxes. Condition about your student loans forgiveness decides whether you have to pay taxes on the forgiven amount.

It’s important to beware of all students loans forgiveness is tax-free until 2025 federal tax income , but some states still do a tax on forgiven student loans. Most tax software will walk you through what does and doesn’t apply in your state. If you are unsure, please consult the tax professional.

4. Check your eligibility for education tax breaks

You can enjoy several tax breaks received for spending money on your education.

If you’ve paid school-related expenses you may have eligible for one last year education tax credit. According to your case, you may choose an American Opportunity Tax Credit or the Lifetime Learning Credit. These loans can make a significant contribution reduce your federal tax liability by up to $2,500. That’s a nice tax break. However, there are income restrictions and term limits that apply to these credits. Tax software such as H&R Block Online can walk you through exactly what you’re eligible for based on how much you spent. If you’re not sure how much you spent, keep an eye out for the 1098-T that your school should send you in January.

5. Understand the tax benefits of employer student loan repayment

Done employers help their employees with a tuition reimbursement plan that covers student loan repayment assistance. If your employer offers this opportunity, they can contribute up to $5,250 in payments towards your student loans each year.

The best part is that these payments are temporarily tax-free for you as well. As of now, this opportunity is in place until January 1, 2026. 

Make sure that you report this income accurately, as it will reflect on your W2, but it’s not considered taxable income.

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