Student Loan Interest Deduction

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It’s been well over a decade since a lot of taxpayers have graduated from college. The memories of all those days may be a little fuzzy already; but each month you are reminded that you indeed did get a college education. The loan company you financed your education through sends you on this lovely trip down memory lane via a monthly payment reminder on your college loans.

For today’s episode I will be discussing on how to make those student loan payments just a bit more bearable by taking a deduction on your tax return for student loan interest.

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2019 Maximum Student Loan Interest Deduction - $2,500

No deduction available for:

  • Taxpayers filing as Married Filing Separately

  • Taxpayers claimed as dependent on another taxpayer’s return

Income Thresholds:

Married Filing Jointly

  • Deduction phased out for income between $140,000 - $170,000

  • No Deduction for income over $170,000

Single or Head of Household

  • Deduction phased out for income between $70,000 - $85,000

  • No Deduction for income over $85,000


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