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AFS Issues Joint Statement Opposing U.S. Proposal to Tax Tuition Waivers

Tuesday, November 28, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rosalind V. Rini Larson
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On November 28, 2017, the American Folklore Society along with more than 30 other learned societies issued a joint statement in opposition to the proposal to tax graduate school tuition waivers as income, a provision included in the tax reform bill recently passed by the US House of Representatives. The statement reads, in part, as follows:

We, the undersigned organizations, stand together in opposition to the proposal to tax graduate school tuition waivers as income, a provision included in the tax reform bill recently passed by the US House of Representatives…

Subjecting tuition waivers to income tax would dramatically increase the tax burden of hundreds of thousands of students. This would put graduate education out of reach for many, and would have the greatest impact on those groups already underrepresented in higher education…

We call on Members of Congress to reject this proposal and stand up for the future of American higher education. We further urge the members of our organizations to contact their Members of Congress and encourage them to act to ensure tuition waivers remain tax-free.

The National Humanities Alliance has created an online action alert to make it quick and easy to contact Members of Congress about this matter. We urge you to take a moment to email your Members of Congress about this issue today.



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