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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: December 1, 2020 04:50 PM
From: Senator Patrick J. Stefano
To: All Senate members
Subject: Firefighter Tax Relief
In the near future, I plan to reintroduce legislation to provide financial relief to firefighters in the Commonwealth.
This legislation will amend the tax reform code to exempt firefighters from the sales and use tax when purchasing protective equipment and accessory communications equipment while using their own personal funds.  The cost of a firefighter’s protective equipment alone can cost them up to $2,500 out of pocket.  Since many of these individuals volunteer their time to protect our communities, I believe we should do whatever we can to make their jobs easier and more affordable. 
This legislation was formerly Senate Bill 875 from the 2019-20 Legislation Session.  The bill was co-sponsored by Senators Gordner, Aument, K. Ward, Brooks, Vogel, Argall, Martin, Schwank, Boscola, Mastriano, Yaw, Phillips-Hill, Pittman, Hutchinson, Tartaglione, Yudichak, J. Ward, Brewster, Baker, Kearney, and Killion.
I hope you will join me in co-sponsoring this legislation.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding this information, please contact Jake Gery in my office at jgery@pasen.gov.

Introduced as SB279