Electronic Delivery of Form 1098-T available for 2015 taxes!
Federal regulations allow those eligible to receive IRS Form 1098-T the option to receive the form electronically instead of through the mail. As a result, beginning January 2016, current students can view and print 2015 1098-T information by logging on to eLion and providing electronic consent. Once the student has signed up for the electronic form 1098-T, the form can be printed as needed for tax preparation or other reasons until October 2016. Following are the benefits to receiving the 1098-T electronically:
- Electronic delivery will provide access to Form 1098-T up to 2 weeks earlier.
- Online delivery eliminates the chance that the 1098-T will get lost or delayed during delivery.
- Signing up for online delivery is easy and you can change your mind and withdraw from online delivery at any time. You can view a sample electronic Form 1098-T by clicking on the link below.
Be on the lookout for sign-up information, which will be included with your 1098-T form in January. Or, you can sign-up now by logging on to elion, selecting "Taxes-1098-T" from the Financial menu, and following the instructions listed there.
2015 Tax Year reporting
The following Form 1098-T will be sent to Penn State students by February 1, 2016. The IRS will also receive this information. The supplemental information which accompanies your 1098-T form will not be sent to the IRS.
Instructions for Student
Box 1. Shows the total payments received in 2015 from any source for qualified tuition and related expenses less any reimbursements or refunds made during 2015 that relate to those payments received during 2015. Please note, Box 1 is intentionally left blank. Penn State reports tuition billed and not payments received. For information regarding total payments made to your student account, please see the supplemental information accompanying your 1098T.
Box 2. Shows the total amounts billed in 2015 for qualified tuition and related expenses less any reductions in charges made during 2015 that relate to those amounts billed during 2015.
Box 3. Shows whether your institution changed its method of reporting for 2015. It has changed its method of reporting if the method (payments received or amounts billed) used for 2015 is different than the reporting method used for 2014. You should be aware of this change in figuring your education credits.
Box 4. Shows any adjustment made for a prior year for qualified tuition and related expenses that were reported on a prior year Form 1098-T. This amount may reduce any allowable education credit that you claimed for the prior year (may result in an increase in tax liability for the year of the refund). See "recapture" in the index to Pub. 970 to report a reduction in your education credit or tuition and fees deduction.
Box 5. Shows the total of all scholarships or grants administered and processed by the eligible educational institution. The amount of scholarships or grants for the calendar year (including those not reported by the institution) may reduce the amount of the education credit you claim for the year.
TIP.You may be able to increase the combined value of an education credit and certain educational assistance (including Pell Grants) if the student includes some or all of the educational assistance in income in the year it is received. For details, see Pub. 970.
Box 6. Shows adjustments to scholarships or grants for a prior year. This amount may affect the amount of any allowable tuition and fees deduction or education credit that you claimed for the prior year. You may have to file an amended income tax return (Form 1040X) for the prior year.
Box 7. Shows whether the amount in box 1 or 2 includes amounts for an academic period beginning January-March 2016. See Pub. 970 for how to report these amounts.
Box 8. Shows whether you are considered to be carrying at least one-half the normal full-time workload for your course of study at the reporting institution.
Box 9. Shows whether you are considered to be enrolled in a program leading to a graduate degree, graduate-level certificate, or other recognized graduate-level educational credential.
Box 10. Shows the total amount of reimbursements or refunds of qualified tuition and related expenses made by an insurer. The amount of reimbursements or refunds for the calendar year may reduce the amount of any education credit you can claim for the year (may result in an increase in tax liability for the year of the refund).