Graduate Students Will Suffer under New GOP Tax Plan

House Senate Said to Reach Tentative Tax Deal

For many students, especially those who worked in nonprofits before coming to school, $71,000 is a salary level they have never earned before.

All of my children had research assistantships in grad school, which paid them a (taxable) stipend and also gave them a tuition waiver - that is, reduced tuition, which is non-taxable. Graduate stipends at the University of Washington range between $20,655 and $23,850 for a nine-month appointment, barely enough to live on in Seattle. They do it because they care deeply about their work and contributing to their communities.

Graduate students across the country walked out of their lectures and labs to protest the GOP tax plan, which could be disastrous for students and our higher education system.

The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy highlights how under the House bill, the richest 1 percent of Floridians will receive the majority of the tax cut benefit at over $130,000 per person by 2027. While discussion of various provisions dominates the news, the tax on graduate tuition waivers has received far too little attention. Besides the tuition tax, changes include ending the deduction people can take on student loan interest payments, the Lifetime Learning Credit, and tax-free education help employers provide employees. Troutt Powell emailed all graduate students on November 27 offering the meeting as a space where students could speak "collectively" about their concerns regarding the effects of the proposed tax bill.

According to the most recent data by the Department of Education, as many as 145,000 grad students could be affected. These rankings partially reflect the high quality of graduate education and are a cause and effect of the US being able to attract some of the best local and worldwide talent. He also views this as a precursor to the hampering of the quality of the University's graduate degree programs. And last week, 31 House Republicans - including six Texans -led by U.S. Rep.

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That means a graduate student working and studying full-time would pay income tax on tuition costs, in addition to the value of their small stipends provided by their universities or grant-making institutions. However, that changed when Deanna Lewis, Internship Coordinator Graduate Assistant for LGBTQ Affairs, jumped into the middle of the circle and suggested everyone file into Old Main and sign in, documenting every single student who was at the protest.

The consequences of taxing tuition waivers would be broad. Both are senators in the UMaine Graduate Student Government. The same calculator found that a Ph.D. student enrolled at UC-Berkeley would see a tax increase of $1,385.

Political advocacy against the provision has begun on campus, both from the administration and among students. The House proposal means fewer American and global students and a decrease in the quality and rankings of the USA university system. "We would like to see the abolition of tuition for graduate workers". Poorer and more disadvantaged students will be forced to drop out or not apply in the first place. Our universities could become bastions of privilege at precisely the time when we are recognizing and relying on the huge value of students from all walks of life.

Currently, the waiver would be repealed under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which passed the House and Senate. The reconciliation process determines which provisions are kept and which are discarded. Callaghan said. "If I were well informed, I would have gone to Cornell Classics over Penn, just based off the fact that they have reassured their students [that their tuitions would not be taxed]".

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