CSEAS Statement on Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
Recently, both the US Senate and the US House of Representatives passed versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Now, the two versions must be reconciled in conference committee. Among other provisions which would negatively affect higher education, the House version would classify grad student tuition waivers as taxable income, making it impossible for many to continue their education. CSEAS is a higher ed-based center run in large part by graduate student assistants. Because of the negative impacts that the above provisions would have on our students (both our staff and all graduate students in Southeast Asian studies) and the institution of higher education itself, the Center stands against the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The National Humanities Alliance has created a resource which can connect you to your representatives via email or phone call. Please consider standing with graduate students across the nation, many of which have a lot to lose if these provisions make their way into the final bill.