|Posted:||October 21, 2015 02:35 PM|
|From:||Representative Ryan Warner|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Tax Credits for Volunteer First Responders|
|In the very near future, I plan on introducing legislation authorizing municipalities to enact a tax credit against the earned income and property tax liability of active volunteers of a fire company or EMS company.
Recruitment and retention of volunteers in our emergency services community is very vital and currently is suffering from the ability to recruit and maintain volunteers. We all depend on these hard working and dedicated first responders on a daily basis to protect our citizens and our properties.
My proposal specifically grants municipalities the authority to offer active volunteers a tax credit of up to 20% of their tax liability. In addition, my legislation requires the State Fire Commissioner to establish the annual requirements of the credit program for active volunteers, such as the number of calls a volunteer responded to or their training or participation in the functions of the organization.
Please consider sponsoring this important piece of legislation to address the need of our fire and emergency services community.
Introduced as HB1683