Tax Deductions for Student-Loan Interest
What are the rules for deducting student-loan interest on my tax return?
Up to $2,500 in student-loan interest can be tax-deductible in 2013 if your modified adjusted gross income is less than $60,000 if you're single or $125,000 if you are married and file a joint return. The deduction is phased out at higher income levels, disappearing completely if you earn more than $75,000 if single or $155,000 if filing a joint return.
You can take the deduction regardless of whether you itemize deductions. Even if your parents pay the interest on a loan for which you are liable, you can deduct the interest, as long as you are not claimed as a dependent on your parents' tax return.