Changes With Education Credits: A Breakdown of American Opportunity and Lifetime Learning Credits

What Has Recently Changed with Education Credits?

Here are a few changes due to recent legislation for education tax credits.

There used to be 3 education tax credits, now there are 2. The American Opportunity Credit (Spend $4k and get $2.5k in credit) and the Lifetime Learning Credit (Spend $10k and only get $2k).

A few items to note:

-For the American Opportunity Credit, you only have the ability to use this credit for 4 years, so it may be worth strategizing with your tax advisor on which expenses can be used and which years it would be beneficial to use this credit.

-The American Opportunity Credit is normally a more advantageous credit.

-In 2021, the phase out limit for the Lifetime Learning Credit was increased to match the phase out period of the American Opportunity Credit.

Special note: (see 4:45)

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