Gov. Wolf gets bill to reward fire, EMS volunteers with tax credits

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Legislation allowing local governments to offer tax credits to fire company and EMS volunteers is headed to the desk of Gov. Tom Wolf after final approval Thursday in the state House.

House Bill 1683 grant municipalities the authority to offer active volunteers a tax credit of up to 20 percent of their tax liability.

Rep. Ryan Warner (R-Fayette/Westmoreland) said his legislation gives something back to the people who volunteer their time and willingly risk their lives to ensure the safety of Pennsylvania communities.

“The financial demands on our local fire and ambulance companies are increasing all the time, with costs adding up quickly for equipment, training and operational expenses,” Warner said. “These volunteers spend a great deal of their time not only responding to emergencies but raising funds to keep their doors open.”

The measure requires the state fire commissioner to establish annual requirements of the credit program, such as the number of calls a volunteer responded to or their training or participation in the functions of the organization.

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