What is Form 1098-T?
Form 1098-T is an information tax document to aid taxpayers in determining whether they are eligible to claim a tax deduction or one of the education tax credits (Hope Credit, American Opportunity, or Lifetime Learning Credit).
The IRS requires the University to issue Form 1098-T to each student by January 31. Forms are mailed to the student’s permanent address on file.
The 1098-T contains important income tax information that is also furnished to the Internal Revenue Service; however, there is no need to attach Form 1098-T to your tax return.
There is also no IRS requirement that you must claim the tuition and fees deduction or an education credit.
The form indicates the payments received by the University in calendar year 2020 that pay for qualified tuition and related expenses.
In general, qualified tuition and related expenses are tuition and fees required for enrollment or attendance at an eligible educational institution.
Qualified tuition and related expenses do not include: insurance, student health charges, room, or board.
This form also reports the amount of scholarships or grants that you have received during the 2020 tax year.
Changes to Box 1 and Box 2
In previous years, your 1098-T included a figure in Box 2 that represented the qualified tuition and related expenses we billed to your student account for the calendar (tax) year. Due to a change to institutional reporting requirements under federal law, beginning with tax year 2018, we will report in Box 1 the amount of qualified tuition and related expenses you paid during the year.
Why didn’t I receive 1098-T?
Institutions are not required to furnish a 1098-T to non-resident aliens; to individuals whose qualified tuition and related expenses are waived or paid with scholarships; to individuals enrolled only in noncredit courses; or to those individuals whose calculations net to zero.
How can I get a copy of my 1098-T?
You can view your current or prior 1098-T forms online at any time by logging into myOleMiss and clicking on Financials, then select 1098-T.
On the next screen, select the year you would like to view in the drop down menu.
If you do not have access to a myOleMiss account please contact the Office of the Bursar by calling 1-800-891-4596 or visit us on campus in 202 Martindale.
Please note: The University of Mississippi does not provide tax or legal advice. The decision as to whether you qualify for an education tax credit should be determined in consultation with your personal tax advisor or the Internal Revenue Service.