Proposed bill would give tax credit to volunteer firefighters

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Rep. Rick G. Nelson, D-Middletown, says he intends to file legislation for a House Bill that would give certain volunteer firefighters an income tax  credit to offset the training expenses associated with volunteering.

“To become a volunteer firefighter, individuals must dedicate many hours of personal time for training and physical ability testing,” said Nelson.  “Most volunteers do not get paid when responding to calls or for the required training. If payment is made, those payments may not cover the expenses of the volunteer.”

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The proposal calls for a credit to be created in January. It would be equal to $1,000 for each active certified volunteer firefighter.

Nelson said he intends to pre-file his legislation this year to be introduced during the 2017 General Assembly.