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Re: patent examiners in law school?
« Reply #5 on: Mar 25th, 2006, 7:53am »
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on Mar 24th, 2006, 8:04pm, eliza wrote:
Thanks to all for replying!
 
I have some tax related questions regarding the tuition reimbursement program.
 
I know the PTO pays 100% of the tuition costs each semester by adding the money to your regular paycheck.  If so, I'm assuming taxes are withheld.  Then the tuition money received is considered "income," right? For example, an examiner making 60K would be taxed as though they're making 80K (if tuition is 20K)?  
 
So, in reality, is the examiner really receiving two-thirds of the tuition money and funding a third themselves?  

 
Tuition reimbursement is taxable income.
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Re: patent examiners in law school?
« Reply #6 on: Apr 26th, 2006, 3:10pm »
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there might be a ceiling as far as the amount, but most tuition reimbursement is put on your paycheck untaxed.
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Re: patent examiners in law school?
« Reply #7 on: Apr 27th, 2006, 2:49pm »
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If tuition reimbursement is taxable income then it would seem that you would also qualify for the hope tax credit, which would offset a fair portion of the taxes paid.
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« Reply #8 on: Apr 27th, 2006, 4:12pm »
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That's interesting.  I took two graduate engineering classes and my (federal government) employer paid the tuition directly to the school using a government charge card.  The tuition they paid was never reflected on my leave/earnings statement.  I assume various federal agencies determine their own policy on paying tuition.
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Re: patent examiners in law school?
« Reply #9 on: Apr 27th, 2006, 4:31pm »
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on Apr 27th, 2006, 4:12pm, daven wrote:
That's interesting.  I took two graduate engineering classes and my (federal government) employer paid the tuition directly to the school using a government charge card.  The tuition they paid was never reflected on my leave/earnings statement.  I assume various federal agencies determine their own policy on paying tuition.

 
Law school tuition is different.   Graduate engineering classes do not qualify you for a new profession, but instead increase your ability to perform in your current profession.   Such training is usually tax deductable, and most likely, a private sector employer could deduct the money given to the employees.  However law school is a required qualification for practicing law and is decidedly not tax deductable by the student.
 
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