Send a short email to let people know about nogradtax.org:
As you may have seen recently, there is a section of the House version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act which would repeal tuition waivers for graduate students who work as teaching assistants or research assistants. The bill would raise taxes on these grad students by an average of $2,000 per year, and stifle our educational system.
I am writing to urge to to help fight this bill. The two most helpful things you can do are 1) call your representatives in Congress, and 2) let others know that this is happening.
For more information on this bill, and to learn how you can help, visit www.nogradtax.org
Send an even shorter email to let people know about nogradtax.org:
I know you have been aware about the proposed tax huge increase on grad students. If you interested in helping oppose the tax increase, check out the resources at nogradtax.org.
Let your grad school peers know how they can help
As many of you know, there is a section of the House version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act which would repeal tuition waivers for graduate students who work as teaching assistants or research assistants. This would mean paying taxes on this income along with the stipend on which you are already being taxed. This would dramatically increase graduate students’ tax burden.
This would make it nearly impossible for me to continue my research at [school] in [field] as I assume it would for many of you as well.
So what do we do? You can go to gradtax.org for some simple things you can all do to help stop this bill from passing. First, you need to call your senator. This is a very quick process and should take no more than 5 minutes as I know time is important to us all. There is a link with senator’s number on nogradtax.org under the resources tab along with call scripts to follow if you want them. Second, you need to spread the word to your fellow graduate students and anyone who cares about graduate students by using one of the email scripts available under the resources tab. Third, advocate for yourselves and other graduate students by communicating with your advisors, school Presidents, Deans, and others in administration to tell them how this bill would affect you and your important research. Colleges and Universities have established relationships with their representatives in the Government, and will have a larger voice than any individual student. There are scripts for this as well under the resources tab.
It is very important that we mobilize now. So please take 10 minutes out of your day in order to prevent this bill from passing leading to a downward spiral of graduate research. Call. Share. Advocate. Visit nogradtax.org for resources and more information if you need.
Emailing a college president, dean, department chair, etc:
[Title of Person]
I write to urge your active opposition to the proposed tax on graduate student tuition waivers, specifically the repeal of IRS Code Section 117(d).
It may be that you are already engaged in this issue and have represented the interests of your grad students. If so, thank you for your advocacy on our behalf. If not, the House version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act includes a provision that would tax graduate students on the tuition benefit they receive in addition to the taxes that already exist on stipend income. This would greatly increase the tax burden on myself and my peers.
Include a sentence that is specific about who you are and what you do, for example: “I am a third year student studying electrical engineering with [professor], working on [specific issue].
To be specific, I am asking you to consider contacting our representatives in national elected office, to urge them that this tax increase would be bad for our institution.
I have tried to keep this message short, but if more you would like more information, I would be happy to provide it.