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Your 1098-E and Your Student Loan Tax Information

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Your 1098-E Student Loan Interest Statement has one of the most important numbers we'll give you this year—the amount of interest paid on your student loans in 2016.

Why is this number so important? Because you might be able to deduct some or all of it from your income on your federal tax return, which could reduce the amount you pay in income tax—good news!

Starting January 10, 2017 you can find your 2016 student loan interest paid amount on your 1098-E Student Loan Interest Statement.

What do I do with my 1098-E?

Image of a blank 2016 1098-E Form. Box 1 is highlighted to show where your student loan interest received by lender amount will be found

You'll have one 1098-E for each account listed on your Account Summary.

To file your taxes, you don't need a physical copy of your 1098-E. Check with a tax advisor to determine how much of the interest paid on your student loans in the previous year is tax deductible. If you have more than one account, you'll need to look at multiple statements and add the numbers together for your total deduction. Enter the amount from box 1 into the student loan interest deduction portion of your tax return.

If you want a physical copy of your 1098-E for your records, just print it out from our website. It's as easy as that!

How can I find out how much interest was paid on my loans last year?

The number will be on your 1098-E Student Loan Interest Statement, which you can access by logging into mygreatlakes.org and selecting My Accounts » Tax Filing Statements. Your 2016 statements will be online starting January 10, 2017.

  • If we have your current email address, we'll send you an email reminder when your 1098-E is available online.

  • If we don't have your email address, we'll send you a letter--unless the interest you paid during 2016 is less than $600. If it's less than $600, you can still access your 1098-E online, but we won't send you a paper copy.

If you definitely want to know when your 1098-E statements are available, check your profile to make sure we have your email address and you're signed up to receive email communication from us. You can verify all your other contact information at the same time, too.

Is there a deadline for interest payments to be included on my 2016 1098-E?

Yes--The interest on payments received by 5:00 p.m. Central time on December 30, 2016 will be included on your 2016 1098-E. Interest on payments received or scheduled after that time will appear on next year's statements.


12/30/16

Interest payments received by 5:00 p.m. Central time on December 30, 2016 are included on your 2016 1098-E.

1/10/17

Your 2016 1098-E is available.

1/10/17 - 1/31/17

You'll receive an email reminder or letter with your 2016 1098-E.

4/17/17

2016 tax filing deadline.


Where can I find more information?

The IRS website and Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education, have more information on how to deduct your student loan interest. You can also complete the Student Loan Interest Deduction worksheet in the Form 1040 or 1040A instructions.

Contact us if you have additional questions—we're here to help!

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