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Thread: Parents with kids in college

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    Parents with kids in college

    You've got a kid in college. They've got loans so you're not out of pocket. They're under 24 so you can still claim them on your taxes along with getting a credit for the tuition that gets paid. Your kid is working a part time job and made $12k. You're doing taxes for both yourself and your kid.

    You finish your return and you're getting a $3k refund. You do your kids return and they owe $10.

    Since you're a good parent you decide to see how things work out if you let your kid claim himself. Under that scenario he gets a $2800 refund but without claiming him you owe $10.

    Ultimately things work out better all the way around if you claim him. Do you claim him? Do you tell him he'd have received a $2800 refund if he claimed himself?

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    Re: Parents with kids in college

    Depends on how financially sound you are and what kind of student your kid is.

    I happen to have a son in last year of college with a microbiology degree. He is not one of the wild college kids partying on weekends. His major is a tough one and he works hard. He doesn't work during the school year and will work in summers.
    We plan for him to graduate without one college loan hanging over his head. Myself I would give the refund to him.

    I know there are people who say this would be spoiling him paying the whole education but that is my choice. If he was flunking out of school and drunk nitely I might feel differently.

    Now , ask me how I feel about college atheletes who get a 4 year free pass.

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    Re: Parents with kids in college

    I am going to assume that he is still dependent on me for basic necessities, and is still living at home.

    I would expect my college-age kid to be cognizant enough about our taxation system to get informed regarding his own tax liability situation, and how it effects him personally. That being said, if he does not bother to do so, then I would consider that his loss, due to his own negligence, and I would claim him on my taxes.
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    Re: Parents with kids in college

    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    You've got a kid in college. They've got loans so you're not out of pocket. They're under 24 so you can still claim them on your taxes along with getting a credit for the tuition that gets paid. Your kid is working a part time job and made $12k. You're doing taxes for both yourself and your kid.

    You finish your return and you're getting a $3k refund. You do your kids return and they owe $10.

    Since you're a good parent you decide to see how things work out if you let your kid claim himself. Under that scenario he gets a $2800 refund but without claiming him you owe $10.

    Ultimately things work out better all the way around if you claim him. Do you claim him? Do you tell him he'd have received a $2800 refund if he claimed himself?
    If I am not paying for anything and he is supporting himself I would let him claim himself.If I am paying for his rent, bills and other **** then I wouldn't say anything and claim him.
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    Re: Parents with kids in college

    Quote Originally Posted by Crosscheck View Post
    Depends on how financially sound you are and what kind of student your kid is.

    I happen to have a son in last year of college with a microbiology degree. He is not one of the wild college kids partying on weekends. His major is a tough one and he works hard. He doesn't work during the school year and will work in summers.
    We plan for him to graduate without one college loan hanging over his head. Myself I would give the refund to him.

    I know there are people who say this would be spoiling him paying the whole education but that is my choice. If he was flunking out of school and drunk nitely I might feel differently.

    Now , ask me how I feel about college atheletes who get a 4 year free pass.
    Interesting you mention that. A few years back I had a client whose kid got a football scholarship to Notre Dame. After the first year he decided that he hated football but liked Notre Dame. That was a mighty expensive year!

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