On Wednesday, March 18, 2009 Congressmen John Lewis (D-GA) and Charles Boustany (R-LA) introduced H.R. 1596, a bill that seeks to eliminate federal taxation of the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award, and in turn save AmeriCorps alums hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. This bill was introduced and referred, but never passed on to be reported by the committee. With a new congress, it is contingent that we reintroduce this bill right now, to engage in a grassroots campaign to get our Congresspeople to co-sponsor H.R. 1596.
It is our time to reclaim this bill into action to prevent federal taxation on the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. AmeriCorps members give up years of their life to serve this country, and the least the government can do is to eliminate the taxation of this education award.