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Am I available for the American Opportunity Credit if I already have my BA?

Asked by rjb1983 (158 points ) January 14th, 2011

I got my BA back in 2006 but did a professional certificate program in 2010; does anyone know if I’d be eligible for the American Opportunity Credit? The way it’s phrased on the IRS website is really confusing.

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Kayak8's avatar

The American opportunity tax credit can be claimed for expenses for the first four years of post-secondary education (per the Q&A section at the link @bkcunningham provided above).

rjb1983's avatar

Yes, it seems I am ineligible but am eligible for the Lifetime Learning Education credit. Who knew it’s basically $2k of free money!

bkcunningham's avatar

@rjb1983 not to be rude, but it isn’t free. Somebody worked for it and paid it in taxes.

klutzaroo's avatar

Thanks @bkcunningham, I think I’ll be looking into the LLE credit. :)

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