Social Security Number Requirement

Social Security Number Requirement

The IRS requires that colleges and universities collect the name, social security number (SSN) or individual tax payer number (ITIN) for all tuition-paying students. In addition, the amount of a students’ qualifying payments must be reported to the IRS on IRS form 1098-T. The information on the 1098-T provides the IRS with a basis for amounts claimed by a taxpayer as qualifying expenditures for the Hope Scholarship Tax Credit and/or Lifetime Learning Tax Credit.

What is Form 1098-T?

Form 1098-T is an annual IRS form completed by Dixie State University as required by the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 which is furnished to students to assist them in the preparation of their annual income tax returns. The form summarizes qualified tuition and related expenses for the calendar year (January 1 to December 31). The form reports the amounts billed that may entitle the student to the American Opportunity Credit, Lifetime Learning Credit, or other educational tax benefits depending on their individual situation.

How do I submit my Social Security Number?

If you did not provide your SSN when you applied for admission, you will be required to submit it by completing a change of information form and including validation such as your Social Security Card or marriage license. This can be accomplished by going to the Registrar’s Office (Holland Building 1st floor).

What if I don’t want to provide my Social Security Number?

If you refuse to provide your SSN or ITIN, or you provide an incorrect number, the I.R.S. is empowered to impose penalties.
If you provide an incorrect SSN or ITIN, you may also be subject to a fine imposed by the I.R.S.