NVFC Urges Action in Tax Legislation on Volunteer Firefighters and Responders

At the end of 2010, an exemption from income taxation on incentives that many local communities provide to their volunteer firefighters and EMTs as a reward for their service expired. As a result, thousands of volunteer emergency responders across the country will have to pay higher taxes this year without Congressional action.

Fortunately, Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Susan Collins (R-ME) have introduced the Volunteer Responder Incentive Protection Reauthorization Act (S. 933), which would extend a law that was enacted in 2007 with the support of the NVFC and took effect in 2008 exempting all property tax benefits and up to $360 per year of other types of benefits that volunteers receive as a reward for their service.  S. 933 would increase from $360 to $600 the amount of “other benefits” exempt from income taxation per year.

The National Volunteer Firefighters Council urges you to contact your senators today and tell them to co-sponsor S. 933 rather than raising taxes on volunteer emergency responders.