1098-T Tax Information

When you receive your form 1098-T in 2019 for tax year 2018, it will look slightly different than it has in prior years. The option for colleges and universities to report the “amounts billed” on form 1098-T was eliminated by Congress and the IRS. We must now report the “amounts paid” for qualified tuition and expenses. This change goes into effect for the 2018 tax year.

 Arkansas State University Beebe is not qualified to provide legal and/or tax advice. The information provided may reflect recent revisions in IRS regulations. For tax advice on your specific situation, contact a tax professional. 

 FAQ

I am a high school student taking college courses. How can I get my 1098-T?

Only students in degree seeking programs will receive a 1098-T.  High school students are not enrolled in degree seeking programs.

I graduated and now I can't log into the student portal. How can I get my 1098-T?

Portal access is not removed when you leave the university. Please contact the University ITS Help Desk at 501.882.8999. You may need to reset your password.

How do I file the 1098-T tax form with the IRS?

ASU Beebe does not give tax advice on how to use the form. If you have such questions, please contact your tax preparer, tax adviser or the IRS. The IRS has published information about the 1098-T tax form available online.

Does the 1098-T include charges for books?

No, ASU Beebe does not include amounts paid for books in Box 2 of Form 1098-T.  You should consult with your tax advisor to determine if payments for books, equipment or fees should be considered when preparing your income tax returns and determining eligibility for education tax credits or deductions.

My accountant says that the University must provide me with a form 1098-T.

The University is not required, by the IRS, to furnish a Form 1098-T in the following instances:

  • Payments for courses for which no academic credit is offered, even if the student is otherwise enrolled in a degree program.
  • Enrolled student is a nonresident alien.
  • Students whose qualified tuition and related expenses are entirely waived or paid entirely with grants/scholarships.
  • Students in non degree seeking enrollments.
  • Students for whom you do not maintain a separate financial account and whose qualified tuition and related expenses are covered by a formal billing arrangement between an institution and the student's employer or a governmental entity, such as the Department of Veterans Affairs or the Department of Defense.

 More FAQ on the IRS web site.

Items Reported on the 1098-T

The items below are generally reported on the 1098-T.  See the next section for exceptions.

Paid Tuition
Paid Mandatory Student Fees
Paid Course/lab Fees
Waivers
Scholarships
Grants
 

Items NOT Reported on the 1098-T

Payments to the items below are NOT reported on the 1098-T.  Unless noted otherwise, the IRS does not generally allow you to claim these items when calculating your allowable educational expenses and payments.

Student Loans - If applicable, your loan provider will issue tax statements for deductible loan interest.
Room and Board Expenses
Fines (ie., parking, library)
Tuition and Fees for Non-Credit Courses
Books 

Other Resources

More on 1098 – T from the National Association of College and University Business Officers

2019 1098 – T instructions 

 

 

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