GR Issue: Volunteer & Combination
Reinstate and Extend the Volunteer Responder Incentive Protection Act
State and local governments use property tax rebates and other incentives to recruit and retain volunteer firefighters, yet the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) views these incentives as income. The Volunteer Responder Incentive Protection Act (VRIPA) excluded from taxable income any property tax benefit and up to $360 per year of all other payments to volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel from a state or local unit of government. However, this law expired at the end of the 2010 tax year.
This year, Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the Volunteer Responder Incentive Protection Reauthorization Act (S. 933) to reinstate the tax benefit and raise the $360 cap to $600 through the end of the 2013 tax year. Representatives John Larson (D-CT), Dave Reichert (R-WA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Tom Latham (R-IA) have introduced the Volunteer Responder Incentive Protection Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2353) in the House to reinstate the tax benefit and raise the $360 cap to $600 through the end of the 2015.
ACTION ITEM: Send a letter today urging your Representative and Senators to protect state and local benefits for volunteer firefighters by cosponsoring H.R. 2353 and S. 933, respectively.
IAFC Urges Deficit Reduction "Super" Committee to extend VRIPA
Check out the letter the IAFC and other national organizations sent to Deficit Reduction Committee members asking that they "keep in mind the urgent need to extend VRIPA."
Legislation Continuing the Protection of Volunteer Benefits Introduced in Congress
IAFC On Scene October 1, 2009
House Passes Volunteer Incentive Protection Language
November 6, 2007
Volunteer Firefighter Compensation Clarified
August 11, 2006
Volunteer tax incentives briefing (H.R. 1405 / S.1906)
Volunteer job protection briefing (H.R. 3949 / S.2399)
Awards - Safe Driving, Recruitment-Retention
National Fire Service Volunteerism Summit Looks Future-Forward