Across the nation, more than 85,000 young people are stepping up each year to serve the country through AmeriCorps. Each AmeriCorps member who completes a term of service earns a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to use toward higher education expenses or student loan debt—but right now, that education award is subject to federal taxation, which can create an unanticipated burden for those who have served. This week, Congressman John Lewis will offer an amendment to the House tax bill to make the Segal-AmeriCorps Education award tax-free—and we need your help!
Please call Congressman Smith and ask him to support Congressman Lewis’ amendment (H.R. 1602) to make the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award tax-free!
Take two minutes to call. Once you connect with their staff, follow the script below. Please call between 9am and 6pm ET, and be sure to complete the feedback form.
Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO)
House Ways and Means Committee
Phone Number: (202) 225-4404
SCRIPT: I’m calling to urge you to support Congressman Lewis’ amendment to the tax bill. This amendment would allow AmeriCorps alumni to benefit from their entire education award by excluding the award from federal taxation. Right now, taxing the education award puts an unexpected burden on the Americans who step forward to serve the country through AmeriCorps.
I hope you agree: there shouldn’t be a tax on service. That’s why I’m counting on your support for Congressman Lewis’ amendment.