Higher education may pay off at tax time

With job opportunities in short supply, the attraction of either going to college or staying in school becomes greater.

For those looking to get smarter, there's a payoff come tax time that will make you feel intelligent as well.

That's because you may be able to deduct eligible tuition and related expenses that you pay for either yourself, a spouse or a dependent.

It might be that you claim one or more adjustment to your income or you are eligible for the Hope or Lifetime Learning Credit.

Another option is claiming certain education costs as business expenses.

The deductions begin to phase out or are eliminated as taxable income rises.

For more information, check out the free IRS Publication 970