Tax Information

 1098-T

 The Tax Relief Act of 1997 created two new education tax credits for students – the American Opportunity Credit and the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit.

 Any student who was enrolled during a given calendar year at Houghton College will receive a 1098-T tax form.  1098-T forms are issued no later than January 31st, in accordance with IRS regulations.

Houghton College is required by law to report Amounts Billed OR Amounts Paid for qualified expenses.  Houghton College’s reporting method is Amounts Billed.  Only qualified expenses billed with a statement date during the calendar year January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014 will be included on the 2014 1098-T form.

 Note:  Houghton College Student Financial Services cannot provide information on how to apply or whether you qualify for the education tax credits.  Please seek advice from qualified tax experts to determine if you are eligible for education tax credits.

 Further information for Students can be found at http://www.irs.gov/individuals/students/index.html.

 Further information for Parents can be found at http://www.irs.gov/individuals/parents/index.html.

 Access Your 1098-T Electronically

 Houghton College has contracted with Vangent, Inc., a General Dynamics Company, to provide both electronic and paper 1098-Ts.  If you do not retrieve your 1098-T electronically, one will be mailed to you.  Paper 1098-Ts will not be mailed until near January 31st and may reach you sometime after that date.  Note: In order to retrieve a 1098-T electronically prior to printing you will need to consent to receiving it electronically in lieu of a mailed form.  Be aware that you can get additional copies online in the future as well.

 To retrieve your 1098-T electronically:

    1. Launch a web browser and go to https://borrower.ecsi.net.
    2. Enter the login information box on the screen.
      1. School Code: A19
      2. Account number: Your Social Security Number
      3. Pin/Password: Click here to retrieve your ECSI PIN, or locate it on the printed 2014 1098-T form.
    3. Under “My Account” click on the “Tax Information” link.
    4. Select the tax document that you would like to view and click the “View” button at the top of the list of available documents.

      Please visit http://www.ecsi.net/taxinfo.html for information regarding your tax documents, 1098-T FAQ’s and additional resources. If you experience trouble with your web login, contact ECSI at 866-428-1098.

      Neither Houghton College nor ECSI can answer tax questions, you must contact your tax professional.

       If you do not receive a 1098-T form by February 9th, 2015, please contact Student Financial Services.  We are not permitted to fax or email any 1098-T forms.  Students may view them electronically as described above, contact Student Financial Services to request the form to be mailed to their permanent home address, or stop into the Student Financial Services Office to receive a copy in person.

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