can you claim tuition paid to an unaccredited program?

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  1. einmusiker macrumors 68030

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    I have a relative that paid 10000 dollars in tuition to the lee Strasburg school of acting in NYC. Can this be claimed for tuition credit on federal taxes?
     
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    Does the school not give you a paper with the amount paid to do so? There is an ID number that has to be specified when you file.
     
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    Um... Yea... pretty sure this is not the best place to be asking Tax questions.
     
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    She did not get a 1098-t but the TurboTax software says it is not required to claim the education credit she has receipts for tuition paid. What we are really wondering is if she can claim the American opportunity credit (formerly the hope credit) as it will make a big difference in refund
     
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    As others have stated, ask a tax professional - you do not want to take chances on deductions and incurring the wrath of the IRS. At the very least call the IRS, they offer great help on this sort of stuff.

    Asking tax advise on an internet forum is not the best approach to do your (or your relative's) taxes.
     
  7. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Does the LSSoA offer some kind of certificate or recognized credential? That's the question. Check with the school, they may know.

    http://www.irs.gov/uac/American-Opportunity-Tax-Credit:-Questions-and-Answers

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