Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Restore Tax Exempt Status of Graduate and Postdoc Stipends

Please find below information about making student and postdoc stipends tax exempt.  This information was taken from an email received from a graduate student at Drexel University.  The deadline to sign the petition is April 16, 2012. 

Do you feel that graduate student and post-doctorate stipends should be federally tax exempt?  A graduate student at Drexel University has created a petition to tell the white house that this change should be implemented to encourage more students to pursue PhDs and other higher educational goals.  The first attempt at this petition fell just 2,500 signatures short of the required 25,000 signatures in a 30 day window.  It is his hope that the second effort at this petition will succeed.  The petition can be found at  Please sign this petition by 11PM on Tax Day (April 16th, 2012) if you support this cause.  Graduate students and post-docs work long hours, perform world changing and live saving research, teach classes, grade assignments, and are compensated quite meagerly for their efforts.  Removing federal taxes would allow students and post-docs to keep more of that money in their pocket and possibly even eat non-raman food for a change.  Additional information can be found at the Facebook event set up for this petition, Some of you may have received a similar notice several months ago, but that petition fell 2,500 signatures of the 25,000 needed signatures within 30 days, so we are trying one more time.   If you signed the last petition, please sign this new one, as the previous petition was taken down and all signatures erased.  Thank you very much for supporting this petition and please pass it along to as many people as possible, remembering that anyone can sign this petition, provided they are over 13 and reside within the United States.

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