Sites help students save money on their taxes

As the cost of higher education continues to rise, many college students can use all the financial breaks they can get.

One source of assistance: the federal tax code, which has a tuition and fees deduction as well as tax credits for higher education.

A variety of websites feature information about various federal tax benefits for students. Here are a few where you can learn more:

Efile.com: Provides a wide range of information about various education tax credits and deductions; www.efile.com/student-tax/.

CollegeBoard: Spotlights the breaks associated with college tuition tax credits; tinyurl.com/7h3mz3e.

Federal tax credits: Covers rules associated with education credits; tinyurl.com/79lwltt.

Internal Revenue Service: Serves up details on the two key federal tax education credits: The American Opportunity Credit and Lifetime Learning Credit; www.irs.gov/publications/p17/ch34.html.

UncleFed’s Tax Board: Highlights education and work-related expense deductions; tinyurl.com/6rlkz4k.

Chuck Myers

McClatchy-Tribune News Service