Student Tax Forms (1098-T) FAQ's

Tax Forms FAQ's

Tax Forms Answers

Q:I received a 1098-T in the mail what is it for?
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The College is required by law to send out 1098-Ts to all students who were billed qualifying tuition and fees. Students may be eligible to claim an educational tax credit.

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Q:Can the Thomas Edison State College provide me with information on the tax credits?
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The best source of information on the educational tax credits is directly from the IRS. The information can be found in IRS publication 970 Tax Benefits for Education.

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Q:Can the College help me determine if I’m eligible for one of the education tax credits?
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No, we recommend that you consult a tax professional to determine your eligibility.

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Q:How can I get a statement of the tuition and fees I paid the College?
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The College will mail a statement to your home address upon receipt of your request. You can make your request electronically by sending us an e-mail. You can also call (609) 984-4099.

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Q:Why is TESC asking for my Social Security Number or ITIN?
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The IRS requires that colleges and universities collect the name, social security number (SSN) or individual tax payer number (ITIN) for all tuition-paying students. In addition, the amount of a students' qualifying payments must be reported to the IRS on IRS form 1098-T. The information on the 1098-T provides the IRS with a basis for amounts claimed by a taxpayer as qualifying expenditures for the Hope Scholarship Tax Credit and/or Lifetime Learning Tax Credit.

If your 1098-T is submitted to the I.R.S. with no SSN or ITIN, or with an incorrect SSN or ITIN, your 1098-T will still require correction. Please note that if we did not have your SSN, your 1098-T form is filed without it.

Your SSN or ITIN is also required to process financial aid applications.

We first attempt to collect your SSN or ITIN through the admission application process. If you do not provide a valid SSN or ITIN, we will email you to ask you to provide this information by completing IRS Form W9-S and submitting it to the Registrar’s Office. We will never ask you to provide your SSN or ITIN by email.

If you refuse to provide your SSN or ITIN, or you provide an incorrect number, the I.R.S. is empowered to impose penalties.

Form W9-S can be found on the I.R.S. website.

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