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I currently am eligible for a tuition reimbursement at my current

employer that they would pay...
I currently am eligible for a tuition reimbursement at my current employer that they would pay an x amount back to me over the next three years as long as I show proof of my repayments. Since this is not part of my income can this reimbursement be taxed?
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Hello and thank you for entrusting me to assist you, I will do everything I can to answer your question.

The amount of the reimbursements is still taxable income even though the amounts are presumably paid directly to your academic institution. (See Reg.
§ 1.6121(a)(4) "A benefit provided on behalf of an employee is taxable to an employee even if the benefit is received by someone other than the employee...")

Accordingly, the IRS will require that you pay tax on these amounts. You may, however, be eligible for an itemized deduction for eduction expenses which can offset some of the taxes you will owe.

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Customer reply replied 4 years ago

Ok thank you and I have one last question. Even though I do pay the loans and I show my employer my payments and they have in contract to reimburse me a certain amount up to what I pay over three years it is still taxed?


 

Yes, the full amount of their contribution is taxed pursuant to section 1.6121(a)(4). Basically, the reimbursement is still part of your "compensation." Even though you are not receiving it directly, it is being paid toward something for your benefit and, accordingly, you must pay tax on that amount.

Please let me know if I can provide any further clarification.
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