1098-T Information

AMERICAN OPPORTUNITY TAX CREDIT LIFETIME LEARNING TAX CREDIT


The Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 (the "Act") created two Federal income tax credits for eligible taxpayers paying qualified tuition and related expenses. Both the American Opportunity Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit are claimed on a student's or parent's personal individual income tax Form 1040. More detailed information and instructions can be found on IRS Form 8863 (Education Credits) and Publication 970 (Tax Benefits for Higher Education), which are available at the IRS website http://www.irs.gov

Under the provisions of this law, William Paterson University is required to report to students and to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) certain information on a 1098-T Tuition Statement (see information). Information provided on the 1098-T form is based on the 2018 calendar year which includes transactions from January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018. 

Please note that in previous years, your 1098-T included a figure in Box 2 that represented the qualified tuition and related expenses (QTRE) we billed to your student account. 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 QTRE you paid during the year.

The dollar amounts reported on your Form 1098-T may assist you in completing IRS Form 8863 – the form used for calculating the education tax credits that a taxpayer may claim as part of your tax return. You can review your 1098-T form on-line by logging into WPConnect and go to the Bill Payment section.  You have two options to view your 1098-T Statement. 

1) To access your 1098-T Statement via the Bill+Payment Center in TouchNet, click on Bill and Payments.  Select “My Account” from the top menu bar and click “Statements” to view and print your 1098-T Statement.  Please note that you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader 8.x or higher to view your statement. 

2) You can also view your 1098-T Statement by clicking on the 1098-T Tax Information link.  Enter 2018 for the tax year, click submit and then click on the Tax Notification link to view your statement.

Copy B of the 1098-T form for the 2018 tax year will also be mailed to the permanent home address of all eligible students who elected a paper form on or before January 31, 2019. 

If you need additional information regarding the 1098-T statement, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions for the 1098-T at https://www.wpunj.edu/studentaccounts/form-1098t-statement/ or contact Student Accounts at (973) 720-2234 or by e-mail at studentaccounts@wpunj.edu.   

William Paterson University is unable to provide you with individual tax advice, but should you have questions, you should seek the counsel of an informed tax preparer or adviser.  For more information about Form 1098-T, visit https://www.irs.gov/forms-pubs/about-form-1098-t.