Ross Introduces Student Loan Repayment Bill
WASHINGTON, D.C. Sept. 27, 2016 – U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, today introduced the Student Loan Repayment Act, which will allow employers to receive tax credits for hiring employees with student loans and for setting up an employee-employer match program for student loan repayments.
“Unfortunately, most students today are saddled with extraordinary debt and are entering one of the weakest economic recoveries in history,” said Ross. “More than 43 million Americans owe nearly $1.3 trillion in student loans, with a repayment delinquency rate of 11.6 percent. That’s more than $150 billion in student loan delinquency, not including interest. This is a serious problem we cannot continue to ignore.
“The legislation I introduced today will not only help students pay back their student loans quicker, but will also provide tax incentives to employers who hire individuals with student loans and take part in the employee-employer repayment match program. Overall, this bill is designed to help students become gainfully employed and pay off their loans while employers are benefitted by hiring skilled and educated employees with a vested interest in long-term employment.
“As the father of two sons and a former small business owner, I know first-hand the important role education plays in today’s society. Students are the foundation of our country’s future, and we must ensure they have the ability to afford a college education and compete in an increasingly global marketplace without being bogged down by crippling debt. As we focus on helping students repay their student loans, improve their credit, and contribute to society, I will continue working with my colleagues on solutions to create jobs and boost our economy.”
Student Loan Repayment Act:
o The employee must be an individual with an associate’s degree or higher; and
o who has at least $10,000 in student loan debt.
o This tax credit is available for each program enrollment by an employee.
o This credit is spread over three years ($500 per year).
o In order to receive this credit, employers must meet a minimum qualifying match contribution of $2,000 per year.
o The employee will be required to pay standard income taxes on contributions paid by the employer.
o The employer will be allowed an I.R.C. § 162 deduction for qualified matching contributions.
o The first year a § 162 deduction may be taken by the employer is the taxable year the employer begins participating in the match program.