Call your members of Congress at 202-224-3121 to stop the Grad Tax!
SAMPLE PHONE SCRIPT:
Hi Representative/Senator __
My name is __ and I am a graduate student and (RA, TA, etc) at Boston College. I’m calling to urge you to vote against the proposed tax bill since it will have dangerous effects on working people across the US. In the case that the tax bill is reconciled in Congress, I also urge you to vote against include the elimination of the exemption for tuition waivers in section 117(d) of the tax code. As a graduate student employee, the elimination of the exemption for tuition waivers in section 117(d) of the tax code would more than double my 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 waiver. The results of this change 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.
Call Boston College administrators to ask them to join us against this attack on the accessibility of higher education.
Sample phone script and numbers: http://bit.ly/2zjeAx5
The Trump/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.
UPDATE 11/16: The House of Representatives passed the GOP Tax Bill. Their bill will now head to the Senate.
UPDATE 11/15: The House of Representatives plans to vote on the tax bill Thursday (11/16) morning.