Congressman Austin Scott (R-GA) recently introduced the “Student Tax Affordability and Relief Act,” into the House of Representatives. The bill would provide gross income exclusion for amounts that employers pay on employee student loans.
The bill excludes from gross income amounts paid as “qualified student loan payment assistance.” It defines their assistance as “amounts paid or incurred by an employer under a plan for the exclusive benefit of the employees of the employer to provide such employees with student loan payment assistance.” The bill provides a taxable limit of $10,000 per year.
Student loan debt has been an economic concern for some time. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reported in 2013 that the amount of outstanding student loan debt exceeded $1 trillion.
Individual states have recognized the economic ramifications of student loan debt and are taking matters into their own hands. States such as New York and Virginia have introduced their bills to assist struggling student loan borrowers. New York’s program will pay up to two years of student loans for eligible residents. While one of Virginia’s pending bills would allow students to refinance their student loans.
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