Monthly Archives: March 2011

Textbooks and Taxes

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By BookRenter Andy

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Tax day (April 18th) is approaching quickly; we all know how confusing and stressful tax time can be.  To help you get started for the arduous task of filing your taxes we thought we could help you out, by letting you know about a couple of possible credits as a student (or a parent filing for your student) you might be able to take advantage of.

The American Opportunity Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning credit are both available to students (or a parent filing for your student).

American Opportunity Tax Credit

Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), textbook and other course material expenses incurred in 2009 through 2012 that are not covered by scholarship or grant aid may be counted towards the tax credit called the American Opportunity Tax Credit on that respective year’s tax return.

Lifetime Learning Credit

The Lifetime Learning Credit may be claimed for the qualified tuition and related expenses of the students in the taxpayer’s family (i.e., the taxpayer, the taxpayer’s spouse, or an eligible dependent) who are enrolled in eligible educational institutions.

According to the Treasury Department, over 4.5 million families received the AOTC credit in 2009 at an average of $1,700. So make sure you’re receiving what you’re owed!

Important: if you rented or purchased your textbooks from BookRenter, or any other online store, you’ll need to file for the American Opportunity Tax Credit.  With the Lifetime Learning Credit, textbook and course material fees not paid directly to the school/institution do not count as qualified expenses. The AOTC is not available to all students though – you must be pursuing an educational credit of some sort.

To read more about these savings opportunities check out The National Association of College Stores, or NACS, website dedicated to helping you, the students, figure out exactly if and how to write-off education expenses when you file your taxes. Here it is: http://www.textbookaid.org/.

Check it out and make sure you file correctly for 2010. Make sure to hold on to your receipts so you can claim the right amount as expenses!

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Modern Day Break-Up

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It used to be that if you wanted to end a relationship and avoid that awkward confrontation, all you had to do was leave a message on said person’s answering machine, drop some snail mail, or leave a note taped to their dorm room door.  Nowadays, technology has made breaking up easier and more complicated all at once.  Email, social sites (Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace – is anyone still using MySpace?), and even YouTube are all being used as vehicles for romantic separation.

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Here are few of my personal favorites:

-A friend of mine called in tears the other day to ask me if I noticed her BF had changed his relationship status on Facebook from “In a relationship” to “Single.” Can you say, “OUCH!”

-Who can forget the break ups of Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson, along with Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy.
Hey, that’s one way to get the word out quick, right?

Ok, dish, how have you broken up with someone or been broken up with via social media?

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It’s Elite Eight Time & the Winners are….

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Congratulations, to all the winners of our March Madness Giveaway!

Each of today’s winners will receive an awesome BookRenter T-shirt. Don’t forget to play BookRenter’s March Madness Game on Facebook where you can win some awesome prizes during the tournament.

Cathy Evans
Lesa Boyer
Ludmila Banic
Angela Henderson
Rhonda Oliver
Angela Shafer
Alyson Curran
Judie Lagraves
Allison Mitchell
Ashley Roberts

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The Snooze Button: Friend or Foe?

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By BookRenter Andy

By the grey sky morning

The snooze button is an interesting creature. Like the Siren temptresses of Greek Mythology, the snooze button is an inviting provocation of sweet release; if you push it, you might plunge right back into your comforting dream for ten more minutes. If you don’t, you’re probably an impenetrable rock of a person. Or you’re tied down to the bed. (Maybe both?)

As we are still in the throws of acclimating to the post Daylight Savings shift in sleep patterns, we figured it was time to delve a little deeper into the snooze button. So we asked our Facebook fans and came up with some shocking results. {EN: Ok, we weren’t really shocked.  If people didn’t use the good old snooze button, clocks would stop having them. Right? Anywho, back to the matter at hand.}

83% of responders hit the snooze button, and 34% of responders hit the snooze button 4 times or more. We are a weak, sleepy bunch, us humans.  So I ask you, reader: is this a sign that our beloved college students are not getting the necessary ZZZ’s, or are they gluttons of sleep?

Whether or not you’re smacking the snooze button each morning, you can’t argue the importance of getting enough sleep.  Lack of sleep can have some serious effects on not only your mind, but also your body and general well-being. Take a look at some recent articles from the New York Times:

Less Sleep Linked With More Eating

Learning While You Dream

Getting Sick From Lack of Sleep

Napping to Boost Brain Power

Forget the old mantra, “You Snooze You Lose” – sleep is too important. I say let everyone hit the snooze button: “Snooze and Cruise”! You could also just try getting to bed earlier, but that’s a discussion for a different day…

By the way, here’s a well-referenced Facebook response:

“I saw a shirt depicting a person hitting the snooze button that said “keep the dream alive” – LOVE it! I have to hit the snooze at least once – preferably twice ;)” – Barbra

I, for one, refuse to believe that the snooze button is for losers, even though the Internet is full of people trying to convince you otherwise. Like Barbra said, the snooze is for DREAMERS, not losers.

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It’s Sweet Sixteen Time & the Winners are….

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Congratulations, to all the winners of our March Madness Giveaway!

Each of today’s winners will receive an awesome BookRenter bottle opener keychain. Don’t forget to play BookRenter’s March Madness Game on Facebook where you can win some awesome prizes during the tournament.

Amber Jones
Carrie Wilbur
Kristy Ballough
Wesley Jew
Kari Newman
Matthew Kubacak
Neni Nicole
Carmen Davis
Lynn Armstrong
Jamie Casolari
Lauren Wigginton
Harold Megargel
Kendra Tobeck
Crystal Moore
Tammy Dodson
Shalini Shah
Nichole Sharp
Nicole Goodale
Amanda Shivley
Hayley Kolb
Katiana Meyer
Laurie Liburd
Brittani Skurok
Lisa Craven
Linze Anderson

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