New tax credit for volunteer firefighters
Woolwich Township, Ontario, August 22, 2011… The Honourable Gail Shea,
Minister of National Revenue, accompanied by Harold Albrecht, Member of
Parliament for Kitchener-Conestoga, today visited the St. Jacobs Fire
Department in Woolwich Township to promote a new tax credit for
volunteer firefighters, a new non-refundable tax credit passed in the
2011 federal budget.
"Every day in Canada, almost 85,000 brave men and women are ready to put
their own lives at risk to protect the lives and property of their
friends, neighbours, and even perfect strangers. Our Government
recognizes these efforts and is proud to have introduced the Volunteer
Firefighter Tax Credit," said Minister Shea.
"In smaller communities like many of those I represent, volunteer
firefighters are fundamental to our safety," said Harold Albrecht.
The non-refundable tax credit is available to any volunteer firefighter
who serves at least 200 hours per year at one or more fire departments
beginning on January 1, 2011. Services that make up those 200 hours
include responding to and being on call for firefighting and other
emergencies, attending meetings at the fire department, and taking
courses in preventing and putting out fires. When an eligible
firefighter claims the credit, they can reduce income taxes they have
paid or will owe at tax time by as much as $450.
"This credit is one of several measures announced in Budget 2011 that
will help Canadians and their families to keep hard-earned dollars in
their pockets. I encourage all volunteer firefighters to learn more
about the credit and to claim it when they file their 2011 income tax
and benefit returns," added Minister Shea.
For more information about the volunteer firefighter’s tax credit, go to www.cra.gc.ca/firefighter.