How to View the 1098T Form Online (PDF)

Please note that this information is current as of March 2014 and does not imply a statement of support for any particular browser, reader, or version. Your browser's help or documentation may be more current, and will always supersede this information.

Viewing PDFs in Adobe Reader

Version Requirement: Adobe Reader 8.x or newer is required to view 1098-T tax statements.

Required Setting: Enable All Features

To view 1098-T statements In Adobe Acrobat Reader, a user must click Enable All Features.

Plug-In Installation

Users who have difficulty viewing PDFs in a browser should verify that the Adobe Plug-in has been installed successfully and enabled.

For Windows:

  1. Select Help > About Adobe Plug-In.
  2. Select the Internet Access Plug-in option. Ensure that the API Loaded status is Yes.

For Mac:

1098-T statements cannot be viewed using the Apple Preview PDF Viewer. Users must download Adobe Acrobat Reader and set it as the default PDF viewer.

  1. Open Adobe Reader and selectAdobe Reader > About Adobe Plug-ins
  2. Select the Internet Access Plug-in option. Ensure that the API Loaded status is Yes.

Set Adobe Reader as the default PDF reader

  1. Open the Finder and select a PDF file.
  2. Select the PDF file and select File > Get Info.
  3. Click the arrow to the left of Open With to expose the application list.
  4. Choose either Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader from the application list.
  5. Click the Change all button to save the changes
  6. When asked if you want to change all similar documents, click Continue.

Viewing PDFs in Safari

1098-T statements cannot be viewed using the Apple Preview PDF Viewer. Users must download Adobe Acrobat Reader and set it as the default PDF viewer.

Verify the Adobe Plug-In

  1. Open Safari and go to Help > Installed Plug-ins.
  2. Confirm that Adobe Acrobat appears in the list of installed Plug-Ins
  3. Open Finder and select Go > Go to Folder.
  4. In the Go to the Folder field, enter /Library/Internet Plug-Ins/.
  5. Confirm that the AdobePDFViewer.plugin and AdobiePDFViewerNPAPI.plugin files appear in the list.
  6. If the plugins are not listed, reinstall Adobe Reader.

Viewing the PDF

After the plugins are properly installed, some users may find that 1098-T statements display with no data. If this occurs, the user should hover the cursor over the displayed 1098-T statement until the menu options appear. The user then may either, click the Open PDF in Preview option or click the Save PDF to download folder option, and then search for the downloaded file.

Viewing PDFs in Microsoft Internet Explorer

  1. Click the Tools menu and select Internet Options.
  2. Click the Programs Tab, and then click the Manage add-ons button.
  3. In the Show box, select All add-ons or Add-ons that have been used by Internet Explorer.
  4. Scroll through the list until you find Adobe PDF Reader.
  5. Make sure the status is Enabled.
  6. If Adobe PDF Reader is not visible, you will need to download the latest version of Adobe Reader.
  7. When opening the 1098-T document, you may be prompted with the Protected View confirmation.
  8. Select the Options button and click Trust this host always.
  9. If the 1098-T statement still displays blank, save the file to the hard drive and open it using Adobe Reader

Viewing PDFs in Chrome

  1. In a Chrome browser URL/address bar, enter chrome://plugins.
  2. Select the Enable link for Adobe Reader.
  3. The Chrome PDF Viewer should automatically disable, but if it does not, click the Disablelink.
  4. You may be prompted for your permission to load the file. If so, click the Always run on this site button.
  5. Alternatively, you may see the Protected View prompt. Click Options and select Trust this host always.
  6. If the 1098T statement displays blank, save the file to the hard drive and open it using Adobe Reader

Viewing PDFs in Firefox

First, ensure the Adobe PDF browser add-on, nppdf32.dll, is enabled.

  1. In the Firefox URL address bar, enter about:plugins.
  2. Scroll to the Adobe Acrobat section and ensure the State: is Enabled.
  3. If you cannot find this entry, you will need to install the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  4. Next, at the top of the Firefox window, click the Firefox button and select Options.
    Alternatively, if your Menu bar is visible, click Tools and select Options.
  5. Select the Applications Panel and find Portable Document Format (PDF) in the Content Type list.
  6. Click the drop-down arrow in the Action column for this option and select Use Adobe Acrobat (in Firefox).
  7. At this point, some users may find that the 1098-T statement still displays with no data.
  8. If this occurs, click the Open With Different Viewer button and select Adobe Reader (default).
  9. When Adobe Reader opens, click Enable All Features as shown on the page for Adobe resources.
Categories:
Financial Aid & Student Accounts
Topics:
Tax Information
From:
Accounting
Last Updated:
March 21, 2017
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