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Volunteer Firefighter EMT Tax Hike Hits Pocketbooks Across Country

Volunteer firefighters and emergency medical responders are feeling the impact of an increase in the taxes they owe on service-related benefits. The volunteer firefighter/EMT tax hike took effect beginning in 2011 when Congress failed to extend an exemption on taxation of recruitment and retention incentives for volunteer emergency responders. In the course of filing their 2011 income taxes, thousands of firefighters and EMTs found themselves having to pay the federal government more for the right to serve their communities as volunteers. "This year I had to pay about $300 more in taxes on the benefits I get for being a volunteer firefighter," said Lew Clark, an active voluntee...

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