Tax Bill Advocacy

Recently proposed Tax reform legislation will impact higher education and Graduate students. One of the significant provisions in the House Bill H.R.1 (which was passed on Nov 16, 2017),  Section 1204, repeals Sec.117(d)(5) of the current tax code, which offers tax exemption to tuition waivers that many graduate students receive. This will significantly increase the tax burden on graduate students.

The Senate version of H.R.1, which  was passed on 2 December 2017, retains the tuition waiver tax exemption.

Graduate SGA is actively engaging with policymakers and Institute and USG leadership on the proposed Tax Bills. Your support will be crucial for the success of our advocacy efforts.

UPDATE (15 Dec): The Conference Committee released a summary of the reconciled version of the bill on 15 Dec 2017. The conference version retains the tuition waiver and student loan interest repayment exemptions. However, till the final version is released and voted on, we urge you to continue calling your representatives and senators, so that these clauses are not traded away during last minute negotiations.

What you can do?

  1. Call your Senators and Congressmen NOW.
  2. If you, or your family are from a district or state represented by a conference committee members, please call them to express your concerns. See list and contacts of conference members.
  3. Urge your parents, professors, fellow graduate and undergraduate students to call their representatives.
  4. Connect with elected representatives on Social Media, including Twitter, and share news, and op-eds about this issue.
  5. Reach out to us in Grad SGA through your Departmental Senators.

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