Case Study 4: Who Can Claim the Deduction?
Ethan obtained a qualified student loan to attend college. After graduating from college, the first monthly payment on his loan was due in December.
As a gift, Ethan's mother made this payment for him. No one is claiming Ethan as a dependent on his or her tax return.
Assuming all other qualifications are met, Ethan can deduct this payment of interest on his tax return.