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American Opportunity Tax Credit Details

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CNNMoney has broken down the details of the latest stimulus package and has the following to say about the American Opportunity Tax Credit, which was a refundable credit pushed heavily by Pennsylvania Representative Chaka Fattah (D):

New temporary college credit: The bill introduces the American Opportunity Tax Credit, which would be in effect for 2009 and 2010. It expands the existing Hope Scholarship tax credit and would be worth as much as $2,500 for higher education expenses, up from $1,800 currently.

The full credit would be available to those making less than $80,000 ($160,000 for joint filers). Those making between those amounts and $90,000 ($180,000 for joint filers) would get a partial credit. And the break would also be partially refundable, meaning lower income families with little or no tax liability could now claim some of the credit. Estimated cost: $13.9 billion.

The stimulus package also has another education related tax break, the Pell Grant has been increased to $5,350 for 2009 and $5,550 for 2010; an increase of $500 in both cases.

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190 Responses to “American Opportunity Tax Credit Details”

  1. Faith says:

    Last year I was on my parents fafsa and we ended up taking the “making work” credit and it really messed with my aide I lost $2,500. I’m worried about taking the American Opp. Because of this.

    I’m married and returning back to the college for the next semester and I’m wondering if this is going to hurt me like it did the last year? Thanks.

    -Faith-


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