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Pascrell Pushes for Tax Break for Volunteer Firefighters, EMS Personnel Receiving Benefits from Communities they Serve

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Location: Washington, DC

Continuing in his commitment to those who work for our public safety, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-8) has co-sponsored legislation that would provide a tax break for volunteer firefighters and emergency medical service personnel who received benefits from the communities they serve.

Many of these volunteers had been receiving certain benefits such as property tax rebates of up to $360 a year through a provision Congress passed in 2007. The benefit expired at the end of 2010. The Volunteer Responder Incentive Protection Reauthorization Act, H.R. 2353, which Rep. Pascrell has co-sponsored, would renew the ability of volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel to exempt taxable benefits provided by state and local units of government for four more years and increase the cap to $600 per year.

"When you consider all that our volunteer public safety personnel give to our communities, this is a small token of the federal government's appreciation for their dedication and service that they provide for free," said Pascrell, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and House Budget Committee. "This benefit has helped communities recruit and retain dedicated volunteers who protect people's lives and homes. We should do everything we can for the people who do everything they can to protect us."

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