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Resolution 553 - Tax Incentives for Higher Education

Approved by the Public Policy Committee on November 13, 2017
Adopted by the Executive Committee of the Board on Direction on November 21, 2017

WHEREAS, efforts to strengthen and simplify the tax code is a worthy goal; and

WHEREAS, a well-trained engineering workforce is closely linked with our nation's economic prosperity, social well-being, and environmental sustainability; and

WHEREAS, the ability of the civil engineering profession to meet these challenges will require the full participation of all members of society; and

WHEREAS, support is necessary to make higher education affordable and accessible to middle- and low-income Americans; and

WHEREAS, in the face of increasing global competition, our tax code must support our students and engineers who support our economy and support our national health, safety and welfare; and

WHEREAS, the nation needs a tax code that bolsters the government-university partnership and supports affordable, accessible higher education; and

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that ASCE opposes elimination of Section 127 of the Internal Revenue Code which provide tax benefits for employer-provided education assistance; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) opposes the elimination of tax-free tuition waivers for students; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that ASCE opposes the elimination of the tax deduction for student loan interest; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that ASCE opposes implementation of taxes on the investment income by earned colleges and universities.

ASCE Resolution 553
First Approved 2017