Students at the University of Utah held a protest this morning regarding the recent tax reform proposal.
Students at the U and at other universities around the United States are facing a tough decision. As a result of the GOP’s federal tax proposals, students must decide whether or not to give up their higher education opportunities.
According to the proposal, many Ph.D. students studying science, technology, engineering and math receive tuition waivers, meaning their tuition is covered. That money is not taxed as long as the student does research or teaches for the university.
However, the tax reform bill calls for ending the tax-free status of campus tuition waivers.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, these commonly used waivers would be taxed as income under the house bill. This was supported by all four of Utah’s representatives.
Now, GOP Senators are developing their own tax proposal, which does not currently call for taxes on tuition waivers.
This is only one of many protests going on around the United States regarding the bill. Concern over the issue has led the presidents of the U and Utah State University to urge Senator Orrin Hatch to oppose the move.
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