What is a 1098-T form?
The 1098-T form is used by educational institutions to report information about their students to the IRS as required by the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997. Institutions are required to submit the student’s name, address, social security number, and enrollment/academic status. Institutions must also report amounts pertaining to qualified tuition and related expenses, as well as scholarships and grants. A 1098-T form must be provided to each applicable student. The form is informational only and serves to alert students that they may be eligible for federal income tax credits. It should not be considered as tax opinion or advice. There is no IRS requirement that you must claim an education tax credit. Claiming education tax benefits is a voluntary decision for those who may qualify.
By January 31st of each year, the University must provide a 1098-T form to all students who had qualified tuition and related expenses billed to them during the previous calendar year. URI has contracted with a company called Heartland ECSI to print and mail our 1098-T forms. Receipt of the form does not indicate eligibility for tax benefits. To determine the amount of qualified tuition and related expenses that were paid, and the amount of scholarships and grants received, a taxpayer should use their own financial records. NOTE: The University cannot provide tax advice. It is the responsibility of each taxpayer to determine eligibility for tax benefits and how to calculate them.
The IRS instructs institutions to report either payments received (Box 1) or amounts billed (Box 2) for qualified tuition and related expenses on the 1098-T form. URI reports qualified tuition and related expenses that were billed in the previous calendar year in Box 2. Therefore, Box 1 will be blank.
Qualified tuition and related expenses include tuition, registration fees, student services fees, course fees, program fees, etc. Examples of non-qualified expenses include housing fees, meal plan fees, health services fees, acc/sick insurance fees, late payment fees, etc.
While it is a good starting point, the 1098-T, as designed and regulated by the IRS, does not contain all of the information needed to claim a tax credit. Some information must come from the student’s personal financial records of what was paid during the calendar year. Detailed account information for each semester is available to students online via e-campus.
Please contact URI Enrollment Services (401-874-9500) if your social security number is incorrect. You will be asked to provide a copy of your social security card, or complete and submit Form W-9S with your correct social security number. We will then update your URI student record and revise your 1098-T form with Heartland ECSI.
If you did not receive a 1098-T form due to a change of address, or you misplaced the form, you can print a duplicate from the Heartland ECSI website at www.ecsi.net/1098t . You will need the school code (IY), your account number (SSN), and your PIN number. This information was included on your 1098-T form and should be retained for future reference. (If you are a continuing student and have received 1098-T forms in the past, please note that your PIN remains the same from year to year.) If you need a new PIN, please contact Heartland ECSI at (866) 428-1098 for assistance.
To learn more about the education tax credits and deductions, please visit the IRS website at http://www.irs.gov/publications/p970/index.html
Or, visit the ECSI website at www.ecsi.net/1098t
If you still have questions or concerns, these contact numbers may be helpful:
IRS Tax Info (800) 829-1040
Heartland ECSI (866) 428-1098
URI Enrollment Services (401) 874-9500
Note: Please be advised that URI is prohibited from providing legal, tax, or accounting advice. Each taxpayer and his/her tax advisor are responsible for determining eligibility for and calculation of education tax credits and deductions.
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