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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: January 9, 2019 01:03 PM
From: Senator Michele Brooks
To: All Senate members
Subject: Volunteer Firefighter Service Tax Credit
In the near future, I plan on introducing a piece of legislation very similar to Senator Vulakovich’s Senate Bill 1280. This piece of legislation will create a state tax credit for active volunteer firefighters.

A volunteer firefighter who has been active for two years will qualify for a $500 tax credit for taxes due to the state Department of Revenue, and a volunteer firefighter who has been active for six years or more will qualify for a $1,000 tax credit.

In order to qualify, the volunteer firefighter must be a resident of the Commonwealth and an active member of a volunteer fire company at the time that their tax return for that year is filed. Any amount of this tax credit that cannot be applied to that year’s tax liability could be carried over and applied to the individual’s tax liability for the following year.

Please join me in cosponsoring this legislation. As made evident in the final SR 6 report released last year, our volunteer fire companies are in a state of crisis, and this tax credit is a simple way to address concerns regarding the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters. Please do not hesitate to contact my office with any questions.

Introduced as SB1180