College Student's Guide to Winning the Tax Game

I think the IRS should make a game out of filing taxes. At the end of every 1040-EZ there would be a token that would give you access to your 1098-T. Upon completing this level (by slaying the evil itemized deduction list and successfully capturing the Lifetime Learning Credit) you gain entry to the maze of outrageous deductions. From here you would be free to file away, and the Publishers Clearing House people – complete with balloons and flowers, would deliver your refund check.

Unfortunately the IRS is not run by the Parker Brothers and taxes may be one of the least intuitive things ever created. But, after a few years of experience with different types of income and hours scouring the IRS website I will pass along what I've learned to help you nimbly navigate the forms, deductions and credits available to you as a college student.