If you are a US resident for tax purposes, you may be eligible to claim a tax credit on your federal tax return if
you paid qualified educational expenses to any of the Seattle Colleges. The Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 provides
educational tax incentives for eligible taxpayers. These benefits, called the
American Opportunity and Lifetime Learning Credits, allow taxpayers to reduce their federal income tax based
upon qualified tuition and fees paid, assuming the taxpayer meets all eligibility requirements. The decision as to whether you
qualify for tax credits should be determined in consultation with your personal tax advisor or the Internal Revenue Service.
The Seattle Colleges cannot give you tax advice or make a determination as to whether you qualify for tax credits.
The 1098-T form is used by eligible educational institutions to report information about their US resident students to the
IRS as required by the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997. As an eligible educational institution, Seattle Colleges reports
certain enrollment and identifying information regarding US resident students for which Seattle Colleges has received
payments of "Qualified Tuition and Related Expenses" for the corresponding tax year. Included in the 1098-T form are qualified
charges that were billed and scholarships received for the corresponding tax year. Educational institutions are not required to
provide 1098-T forms to students who are non-resident aliens for tax purposes. As a result, you may not receive a 1098-T form
from Seattle Colleges if you are a non-resident alien student.
If you are a US resident for tax purposes and you have qualified charges and/or scholarships for the corresponding tax year,
you will receive a 1098-T form from the Seattle Community Collges at your permanent address in late January. Please help us ensure
your receipt of your 1098-T by keeping your permanent address updated in our files. Your permanent address may be updated online by
clicking on one of the links on the right.
IMPORTANT: If you have attended more than one of our colleges,
please make sure you update your student record at each college you have attended.
To comply with federal laws, we are required to ask for your Social Security Number (SSN) or
Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). We will use your SSN / ITIN to report Hope Scholarship/Life
Time tax credit, to administer state/federal financial aid, to verify enrollment,degree and academic
transcript records, and to conduct institutional research.
If you do not submit your SSN/ITIN, you will not be denied access to the college; however,
you may be subject to civil penalties
(refer to Internal Revenue Service Treasury Regulation 1.6050S-1(e)(4)
for more information).
Pursuant to state law (RCW 28B.10.042) and federal law
(Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), the college will protect your SSN from unauthorized use and/or disclosure.
The credit is available only for the first 4 years of the postsecondary education. Find out more details in IRS Publication 17, Charter 35 at: www.irs.gov
The Lifetime Learning Credit is available to students in all years of postsecondary education and for courses to acquire or improve job skills.
The forms are mailed out each year by the end of January to the address you provided us when you registered for classes. Prior to receiving the 1098-T, you may review your account information at
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