I am a international student, can I get tax return for tuition if I pay 3000 each semester?

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SiadG
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edited January 15 in General

I am a international student, can I get tax return for tuition if I pay 3000 each semester?

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  • RoseG
    RoseG FreeTaxUSA Agent Posts: 3
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    Hello,

    Depending on what type of tax return you file, you may be able to claim a credit for out-of-pocket tuition expenses. Generally, if you are an F-1 or similar visa holder for less than five years / nonresident / temporarily present in the US, you would file a 1040-NR form, also called the non-resident tax return. If you are required to file this form, the IRS does not allow you to claim any tuition-related education credits.

    If, for IRS tax purposes, you are considered a resident, you will want to file the 1040 form. On this return, the IRS provides two different education credits. The Lifetime Learning Credit (LLC) and the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC).

    If you are unsure if you are a non-resident or resident for tax purposes, you may want a local EA/CPA who specializes in international tax fillings. You can also review the IRS publication 519 which will have information on residency status. Here is a link that might be helpful:

    https://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc851