Who Claims the Education Credit: Parent/Dependent/or Relative?
The rules regarding who claims education credits usually favor the eligible student, unless the parent claims them as an exemption on their tax return.
You may have the following questions:
- Can I claim the education credit of my dependent?
- What if a relative pays for tuition, can they claim the credit?
- Can I claim an education credit for a non-dependent?
- Can I claim an education credit if my ex pays tuition, but they are my dependents?
Can I claim the education credit of my dependent?
To claim the an education credit the student must be claimed as an exemption on your tax return.
For example, if your dependent paid their own qualified education expenses during the tax year, but you claimed them as a dependent on your tax return, you would still be eligible to claim the education credit.