It’s tax time once again, and if you made federal student loan payments in 2012, you may be eligible to deduct a portion of the interest you paid on your 2012 federal tax return. Student loan interest payments are reported on IRS Form 1098-E, Student Loan Interest Statement.
Your student loan servicer (the entity you make payments to) will provide you a copy of your 1098-E if the interest you paid in 2012 exceeded $600. Your servicer may send you your 1098-E via U.S. Postal Service or electronically. Check with your servicer if you haven’t yet received your 1098-E for 2012. If you had multiple loan servicers in 2012, you will receive a separate 1098-E from each servicer.
If you’re not sure who your loan servicer is, you can look it up at www.nslds.ed.gov or call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243; TTY 1-800-730-8913). To see a list of Federal Student Aid servicers for the Direct Loan Program and for FFEL Program Loans purchased by the U.S. Department of Education, go to our Loan Servicer page.
For more information about student loan interest deduction, visit the IRS’s Tax Benefits for Education: Information Center.