House Republicans May Be Backing Away From Taxing Grad-Student Tuition Waivers

Some Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are pushing to discard a provision in their recently passed tax-reform bill that would effectively tax as income the tuition waivers received by graduate students.

Thirty-one lawmakers, led by Rep. Pete Sessions, Republican of Texas, sent a letter on Thursday to leaders of the House and the Senate urging them to prevent the provision from making it into final tax legislation.

Both chambers passed bills in recent weeks to overhaul the nation’s tax code, but the measure to tax tuition waivers appears only in the House version. A conference committee will be convened to reconcile differences between the two versions and craft a compromise bill that could be sent to President Trump for his signature.

Read more at The Chronicle of Higher Education: https://www.chronicle.com/article/House-Republicans-May-Be/241992