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GR Issue: Volunteer & Combination

Reinstate and Extend the VRIPA

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. 

In 2013, Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the Volunteer Responder Incentive Protection Reauthorization Act (S. 501) to reinstate the tax benefit and raise the $360 cap to $600 through the end of the 2016 tax year. Representatives John Larson (D-CT) and Tom Latham (R-IA) intoduced an identical House bill, H.R. 3747.

Action Item: Send a letter today urging your Representative and Senators to protect state and local benefits for volunteer firefighters by cosponsoring H.R. 3747 and S. 501, respectively.

Letter template for VRIPA To House Member   To Senator


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IAFC Comments on Potential PPACA Impacts on Volunteers (pdf)
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IAFC Comments on Need for VRIPRA (pdf)
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