Call your members of Congress at 202-224-3121 to stop the Grad Tax!
SAMPLE PHONE SCRIPT:
Hi, I would like to speak with Representative/Senator ___
My name is ___ and I am a graduate student and (RA, TA, etc) at Boston College. I’m calling to urge (you/the Representative/the Senator) to vote against the proposed tax bill since it will have dangerous effects on working people across the US.
In particular, I’m asking (you/the Representative/the Senator) to vote no on any bill that includes the elimination of the exemption for tuition reductions in section 117(d) of the tax code. For grad students like me, this would more than double our taxable income. This exemption has existed for many years so that people like myself can afford to attend graduate school by providing critical research and teaching work in exchange for a modest stipend and a non-taxable tuition reduction or elimination. The results of eliminating this tax exemption would be devastating to those who cannot otherwise afford graduate school and would inhibit our universities from recruiting the best and brightest regardless of background or economic means. Can I count on (you/the Representative/the Senator) to vote no on this bill and any amendment that includes this higher ed tax?
Call Boston College administrators to ask them to join us against this attack on the accessibility of higher education.
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Boston College official statement says, “The GOP proposal has faced universal opposition among institutions of higher education because it would hurt students who are dependent on financial aid while removing the philanthropic incentives that have helped American colleges and universities to become the envy of the world. We encourage all members of the BC community to share their opposition with lawmakers while we continue to work with our various associations to oppose this legislation.”
The Republican tax bill would have devastating effects on working people and our families. The proposal to eliminate the tax exempt status of our tuition waivers would more than double the taxable income of most RAs and TAs. This change would undermine affordability and accessibility of graduate school, thus cutting against the idea of a just and inclusive university that we fight for as a union. Check back on this page for updates on the status of the tax bill and the proposed provision to eliminate the tuition waiver exemption.
For more background on how this would affect institutions of higher education:
UAW Region 9A Statement on the Republican proposal to eliminate the tuition waiver tax exemption.
11/30: The Senate bill passed the Senate Budget Committee, moving the bill one step closer to passing.
11/27: The Senate plans to vote on their tax bill by the end of the week.
11/20: BC graduate workers made calls to members of Congress. Additionally, we called administrators to ask them to join us against the tax of our tuition waivers as income.
11/16: The House of Representatives passed the GOP Tax Bill. Their bill will now head to the Senate.
11/15: The House of Representatives plans to vote on the tax bill Thursday (11/16) morning.