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Volunteer Firefighting: IAFC Asks IRS to Clarify Treatment of Volunteers with Regard to Health Care

The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) has issued official comment on the Internal Revenue Service's deliberations in the ongoing effort to interpret how volunteer fire department personnel are accounted for under federal health care legislation. The IAFC encouraged the IRS to closely examine the unintended impacts the IRS's interim final rule on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) may have on our nation's volunteer firefighters and emergency medical personnel. One of the PPACA's reforms is known as the "Shared Responsibility Provision," which requires that large employers offer health insurance to their employees. The PPACA defines large employe...

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