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IRS Form 1098-T: Tuition Statement

By January 31st, Georgia Southern University will be electronically delivering IRS 1098-T forms. The 1098-T form, also referred to as the “Tuition Statement”, is used to assist you, the taxpayer, in determining if you are eligible for a federal education tax credit.

IMPORTANT REPORTING CHANGE EFFECTIVE TAX YEAR 2018

1098-T FAQ

Applicable tax year: 2019

What are the American Opportunity Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit?

For information about these two tax credit options, you may access IRS Publication 970.

Why am I receiving my 1098-T electronically and where do I view my consent status?

The Financial Responsibility Agreement states that Georgia Southern University will deliver your 1098-T electronically. This agreement is presented to students upon logging in to your MyGeorgiaSouthern portal and requires an electronic signature in exchange for the opportunity to enroll in courses. The Financial Responsibility Agreement is a legally binding agreement.

To view your consent status please follow these steps:

  1.  Login to My.GeorgiaSouthern.edu
  2.  Select Student Dashboard under “Services” on the left
  3.  On the bottom left-hand portion of the page under “Student Account Checklist”, you will see a green checkmark if you gave consent to receive your 1098-T Form electronically

Where can I view my 1098-T information?

Georgia Southern University offers two options for viewing your 1098-T information: WINGS and www.TSC1098T.com

1. WINGS – presents a representation of your 1098-T Form, itemizes box calculations, and provides a helpful reconciliation tool.

  • Go to My.GeorgiaSouthern.edu
  • Login and choose the following links
  • WINGS
  • Student
  • Student Records

View your 1098-T information

2. www.TSC1098T.com – TAB Service Company, provides students with an official PDF format for submission to tax professionals.

Follow the instructions below to log into TAB:

  • Enter the Site ID 11514
  • Username: Student ID (9-digit Eagle ID Number)
  • Password: Last 4 digits of your SSN (You will be prompted to change your password at your first login).

If you need to use the Lost Site ID/Username/Password functions at www.TSC1098T.com, please note that you must enter your student email address to retrieve lost information. Your email address is viewable in WINGS under Personal Information, View Email Address(es).

Why is there nothing represented in Box 2 on my 1098-T?

Institutions of higher education are mandated, as of tax year 2018, to report payments received (Box 1) to the IRS.
As of tax year 2018, Box 2 reporting is no longer permissible under federal law.

What charges are considered “qualified” or “eligible” charges?

Eligible or qualified charges are any in-state or out-of-state tuition charges plus the following fees: athletic, athletic facility, recreation activity center, student activity, student center, technology, sustainability, USG institutional, course fees, and testing fees.

As of tax year 2018, federal law mandates that eligible or qualified charges be calculated and used to cap your payments received amount in Box 1.

What charges are considered “non-qualified” charges?

Non-qualified charges include, but are not limited to, the following: books, housing, meal plans, health fees, insurance, or any transportation fees or costs.

What is the timeline for the 1098-T?

Calendar/Tax year (January 1st-December 31st).

Why am I receiving my electronic 1098-T Form from a third-party, instead of Georgia Southern University?

To simplify reporting and to promote the best customer service for students and their families, the University contracted with TAB Service Company. In addition to electronically delivering forms, TAB hosts the www.TSC1098T.com website. Note, however; that the filer’s information (name, address, telephone number, and federal identification number) on your form all pertain to Georgia Southern University.

I’m a parent. Can I have my student’s 1098-T form sent to me?

Students must make all information requests. The student is responsible for providing information to other parties in accordance with FERPA (Family Education Right to Privacy Act).

I do my own taxes, how do I find out what to do?

The University can’t provide tax advice. You can contact the IRS by phone or through their website to ask questions.

Did you send a copy of this form to the IRS?

Yes. Section 6050S of the Internal Revenue Code, as enacted by the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997, requires institutions to file information returns to assist taxpayers and the Internal Revenue Service in determining eligibility for the American Opportunity and Lifetime Learning education tax credits. The annual deadline to file the required tax information electronically is March 31, although data may be transmitted earlier as circumstances allow.

Do I actually submit the 1098-T with my tax return?

There is no requirement for the 1098-T to be attached along with your tax return. This document may be kept for your personal records.

My 1098-T Form doesn’t have an address or shows an incorrect address.

The student’s active address listed in WINGS will populate on the 1098-T form. If your 1098-T Form doesn’t have or reflects the wrong address, please make sure all information in WINGS is currently up-to-date. You can update address information in WINGS by clicking:

  1. Personal Information
  2. Update Address(es) and Phone(s)

*FOR STUDENTS WITH NO ADDRESS ON THEIR 1098-T*
Contact the Bursar’s Office after you have updated your address in WINGS. A 1098-T form will not be reissued unless authorized by the Bursar’s Office. You may view and print your updated record at www.TSC1098T.com. The updated 1098-T will not be mailed. An updated copy will be sent by TAB to the IRS.

The social security number (SSN) on my form is missing or incorrect.

Reporting to the IRS depends primarily on your SSN. It is very important for you to have the correct information on file with the University. To correct the 1098-T generated:

1. Provide the Bursar’s Office your valid SSN (copy of your social security card) in person or by certified mail.

A 1098-T form will not be reissued unless authorized by the Bursar’s Office. You may view and print your updated record at www.TSC1098T.com. The updated 1098-T will not be mailed. An updated copy will be sent by TAB to the IRS.

The name on the 1098-T is incorrect.

1. Provide the Registrar’s Office with your valid name using the Name Change Form

2. Contact the Bursar’s Office and inform us of the change.

A 1098-T form will not be reissued unless authorized by the Bursar’s Office. You may view and print your updated record at www.TSC1098T.com.  The updated 1098-T will not be mailed. An updated copy will be sent by TAB to the IRS.

I’m a non-resident alien. Will I receive a 1098-T form?

The IRS does not require forms to be filed for any student coded as a non-resident alien. However, forms are available upon request. To request a form, please contact the Student Accounts Office. We will process your form and TAB will transmit to the IRS. Paper forms will not be mailed, but will be made available online at www.TSC1098T.com

I’m a Canadian student and the Canada Revenue Agency will not accept the 1098-T form. What should I do?

You will need to complete form TL11A (Tuition, Education, and Textbook Amounts Certificate – University Outside Canada). Please bring this form to the Student Accounts Office so that we can complete the educational institution portion of the form.

Where can I access 1098-T forms for prior tax years (2018 and before)?

Georgia Southern Students

Tax Year 2018: Available on www.TSC1098T.com only.
Tax Year 2017: Available in WINGS and on www.TSC1098T.com
Tax Year 2016 and Before: Available in WINGS only

Prior Armstrong Students

Tax Year 2017 and Before: Submit your request via email at bursar@georgiasouthern.edu and use email subject “Armstrong Campus {Insert Year} 1098-T Request”

The form will be mailed to your active address on file.

I still have questions. Who can I contact?

Contact the Office of Student Accounts at 912-478-0999 or bursar@georgiasouthern.edu.

Last updated: 11/15/2020