March 26, 2014 -- Have you filed your taxes yet? With less than three weeks until the April 15 deadline, many students and families are looking for ways to increase their federal refund or reduce the amount they owe.
The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) has released a new, free Tax Benefits Guide for Tax Year 2013 designed to help students and families navigate the sometimes thorny task of determining which higher education tax benefits you qualify to receive—and which will secure you the maximum federal return.
The federal government provided $20 billion in tax savings to students and families in 2011 (Source: College Board, 2013). These incentives come in a couple of forms:
On average, education tax benefit recipients saved over $1,400 in 2011 (Source: College Board 2013).
“There are a number of federal tax incentives that can help lower the cost of higher education, even for families who wouldn’t normally file a tax return because of their income level,” said NASFAA President Justin Draeger. “It’s the job of financial aid administrators to help students and families plan and pay for college. They are a great resource for questions about the eligibility requirements for various educational credits when filling out your tax return.”
If you attended college in 2013, you may qualify for more than one of these incentives, but there are some restrictions. It's a good idea to calculate your taxes multiple ways to find the maximum benefit.
Additional detail on eligibility requirements is included in NASFAA’s Tax Benefits Guide for students and families.To speak to a NASFAA spokesperson on this topic, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (202) 785-6944.
The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) is a nonprofit membership organization that represents nearly 20,000 financial aid professionals at approximately 3,000 colleges, universities, and career schools across the country. NASFAA member institutions serve nine out of every ten undergraduates in the U.S. Based in Washington, DC, NASFAA is the only national association with a primary focus on student aid legislation, regulatory analysis, and training for financial aid administrators. For more information, visit www.nasfaa.org.
Publication Date: 3/26/2014