May 31, 2020 11:07 pm

COVID-19-Related Emergency Financial Aid Grants Not Taxable

If you are an undergraduate and graduate student who received an emergency financial aid grant as a result of experiencing unexpected expenses or unmet financial need as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, you are not taxed on the grant (FAQs at These grants are treated as qualified disaster relief payments. However, because they are not taxable income, they cannot be the basis on which to take any deduction or credit, such as the tuition and fees deduction, the American opportunity credit, or the lifetime learning credit.

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Qualified domestic relations order (QDRO)

A specialized domestic relations court order that conforms to IRS regulations and provides instructions to pension plan administrators and IRA custodians as to how to pay benefits to a divorced spouse.

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