Education Tax Credits & Education Tax Benefits
What you'll learn
- List Education Tax Credits and Education Tax Benefits
- Describe the American Opportunity Tax Credit
- Explain the Amount of Tax Benefit for the American Opportunity Tax Credit
- Complete Tax Documentation Related to the American Opportunity Tax Credit
- Describe the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit
- Explain the Amount of Tax Benefit for the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit
- Complete Tax Documentation Related to the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit
- Describe Tax Benefits For Student Loan Interest Deduction
- Complete Tax Documentation Related to the Student Loan Interest Deduction
- Describe Tax Benefits For Coverdell Education Savings Account (ESA)
- Complete Tax Documentation Related to the Coverdell Education Savings Account (ESA)
- Describe Tax Benefits For Qualified Tuition Program (QTP)
- Complete Tax Documentation Related to the Qualified Tuition Program (QTP)
- Some understanding of US income tax law
This education tax credits & education tax benefits course will discuss tax benefits related to education, focusing on education tax credits including the American Opportunity Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning tax credit.
The course will describe the benefits of the American Opportunity Tax Credit, giving practical examples using actual tax forms. As we learn the concepts of the American Opportunity tax credit, we will run examples and scenarios using tax software and tax forms to get a feel of how the credit reacts to different tax circumstances.
We will describe the benefits of the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit, giving practical examples using actual tax forms. As we learn the concepts of the Lifetime Learning tax credit, we will run examples and scenarios using tax software and tax forms to get a feel of how the credit reacts to different tax circumstances.
The course will discuss how the American Opportunity tax credit and Lifetime Learning tax credit interact with each other and how to maximize tax benefits.
We will discuss the deduction for student loan interest, describing circumstances where student loan interest is deductible, and giving practical examples using tax forms.
The course will discuss the tax benefits of a Coverdell Education Savings Accounts (ESA). We will consider how a Coverdell Education Savings Accounting (ESA) is set up, the tax benefits, and tax consequences of distributions. The course will also discuss how the Coverdell Education Saving Account (ESA) works or coordinates with education credits like the American Opportunity tax credit and Lifetime Learning tax credit.
We will discuss the tax benefits of a Qualified Tuition Program (QTP). We will discuss how a Qualified Tuition Program (QTP) is set up, the tax benefits, and tax consequences of distributions. The course will also explain how the Qualified Tuition Program (QTP) works or coordinates with education credits like the American Opportunity credit and Lifetime Learning credit.
Who this course is for:
- Anybody who wants to save on taxes
- Tax professionals
Through working with students from many different schools, Mr. Steele has learned best practices for helping people understand accounting fast. Learning new skills and finding the best way to share knowledge with people who can benefit from it is a passion of his.
Mr. Steele has experience working as a practicing Certified Public Accountant (CPA), an accounting and business instructor, and curriculum developer. He has enjoyed putting together quality tools to improve learning and has been teaching, making instructional resources, and building curriculum since 2009. He has been a practicing CPA since 2005. Mr. Steele is a practicing CPA, has a Certified Post-Secondary Instructor (CPI) credential, a Master of Science in taxation from Golden Gate University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economics with an emphasis in accounting from The University of California Santa Barbara, and a Global Management Accounting Designation (CGMA) from The American Institute of CPA (AICPA).
Mr. Steele has also authored five books that can be found on Amazon or in audiobook format on Audible. He has developed bestselling courses in accounting topics including financial accounting and QuickBooks accounting software.
In addition to working as an accountant, teaching, and developing courses Mr. Steele has helped create an accounting website at accountinginstruction, a YouTube channel called Accounting Instruction, Help, and How Too, and has developed supplemental resources including a Facebook Page, Twitter Page, and Podcasts that can be found on I-tunes, Stitcher, or Soundcloud. Mr. Steele's teaching philosophy is to make content applicable, understandable, and accessible.
Adult learners are looking for application when they learn new skills. In other words, learners want to be able to apply skills in the real world to help their lives. Mr. Steele’s formal accounting education, practical work experience, and substantial teaching experience allow him to create a curriculum that combines traditional accounting education with practical knowledge and application. He accomplishes the goals of making accounting useful and applicable by combining theory with real-world software like Excel and QuickBooks.
Many courses teach QuickBooks data entry or Excel functions but are not providing the real value learners want. Real value is a result of learning technical skills like applications, in conjunction with specific goals, like accounting goals, including being able to interpret the performance of a business.
Mr. Steele makes knowledge understandable by breaking down complex concepts into smaller units with specific objectives and using step by step learning processes to understand each unit. Many accounting textbooks cram way too much information into a course, making it impossible to understand any unit fully. By breaking the content down into digestible chunks, we can move forward much faster.
Mr. Steele also makes use of color association in both presentations and Excel worksheets, a learning tool often overlooked in the accounting field, but one that can vastly improve the speed and comprehension of learning accounting concepts.
The material is also made understandable through the application of concepts learned. Courses will typically demonstrate the accounting concepts and then provide an Excel worksheet or practice problems to work through the concepts covered. The practice problems will be accompanied by an instructional video to work through the problem in step by step format. Excel worksheets will be preformatted, usually including an answer tab that shows the completed problem, and a practice tab where learners can complete the problem along with a step by step presentation video.
Mr. Steele makes learning accounting accessible by making use of technology and partnering with teaching platforms that have a vision of spreading knowledge like Udemy.