ASU administration seeking changes to GOP tax bill over grad student concerns

The GOP House tax bill would consider course reductions and waivers as taxable income

ASU Provost and Executive Vice President Mark Searle sent an email to graduate students on Nov. 27 assuring them that the University is seeking changes to elements of the GOP tax plan that would count waivers and course reductions as taxable income.

After a passage in the U.S. House of Representatives, a version of the tax plan must now make it through the Senate. 

In the email, Searle wrote that the University is looking to mitigate the effects of the proposed bill by working with ASU's Graduate and Professional Student Association and other groups.

"Should this proposed bill become law, we will be looking carefully at the ways we may be able to address the issues associated with it," the email read. "Once we have a final determination of the legislation, we will finalize our plans and then communicate to you."

University President Michael Crow tweeted on Nov. 21 that ASU has "visited with every member of the AZ delegation" to protect graduate students from any "unfair tax impact." No formal statement was issued. 

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