Congressman Pushing for Tax Credit for Volunteer Responders
6/26/2013 (Updated 10:37:36 PM)
Could a tax break help grow the ranks of volunteer firefighters?
Congressman Richard Hanna hopes so. He is pushing for the SERVE Act: Supporting Emergency Responders Volunteers Efforts. For every year they serve, volunteers would get $1000 dollars tax credit, which would help cover costs of training and travelling.
Hanna says he hopes the tax credit will draw more volunteers, and in turn, make our communities safer.
"It is incredibly obvious finding volunteers is difficult. There are so many demands on our time, our finances are so tight. The whole idea behind this is to give people an incentive financially, and to acknowledge the importance of the work they're doing," said congressman Richard Hanna.
Hanna says there are over three-quarters of a million EMS and fire department volunteers nationwide.
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