If I claim tuition my refund goes down. Why?

Why sign in to the Community?

  • Submit a question
  • Check your notifications
or and start working on your taxes
EnglishEN

Pick a language

Français English
Announcements
For information related to Covid-19 and how to get help if you lost your job, please see The Covid-19 Tax Info Center
cancel
Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 
Highlighted
New Member

If I claim tuition my refund goes down. Why?

 
2 Replies
Highlighted
Moderator

If I claim tuition my refund goes down. Why?

In an effort to get you as many credits possible, TurboTax automatically claims any credits that it thinks you are eligible for. If you worked, but have a low income, TurboTax will claim the Working Income Tax Benefit (WITB), which is a refundable tax credit for people who work, but don’t make very much. However, students are usually not eligible for this credit, so when you tell TurboTax that you have tuition, then the WITB is removed if you no longer qualify for it.

 

To make sure that TurboTax knows that you don’t wish to apply for this credit:

Click “Find” and search for “Working”, then select “Working Income Tax Benefit” from the list and click on the “Go” button.

Select “No” next to the question “Do you want to claim the Working Income Tax Benefit?”

Click the “Continue” button to save.


Highlighted
New Member

If I claim tuition my refund goes down. Why?

Selecting no for the working benefit does not help the credits at all. Daughter lost 500$ from her credit and it did not change by doing this? Is there any way around it or just tough luck.

 

Gord