Everyone please contact your NC Representatives in the House immediately and tell them that you support House Bill 847 which is currently in the Finance Committee. Here is that bill which would give firefighters and EMS personnell a $3000 tax deduction annually if they complete 36 hours of training. Here is the bill:

GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
SESSION 2003
H 1
HOUSE BILL 847




Short Title: Firefighter/Rescue Squad Tax Deduction.
(Public)
Sponsors: Representatives Hilton; Barnhart, Frye,
McHenry, Setzer, and Warner.
Referred to: Finance.
April 3, 2003

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
AN ACT TO ALLOW AN INCOME TAX DEDUCTION FOR FIREFIGHTERS AND
RESCUE SQUAD WORKERS.
The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
SECTION 1. G.S. 105-134.6(b) is amended by
adding a new subdivision to read:
"(b)Deductions. - The following deductions from taxable
income shall be made in calculating North Carolina taxable
income, to the extent each item is included in taxable income:
. . .
(18) The sum of three thousand dollars
($3,000) for an eligible firefighter or an eligible
rescue squad worker. In the case of a married
couple filing a joint return, each spouse may
qualify separately for the deduction allowed under
this subdivision. In order to claim the deduction
allowed under this subdivision, the taxpayer must
submit with the tax return any documentation
required by the Secretary. An individual may not
claim a deduction as both an eligible firefighter
and as an eligible rescue squad worker in a single
taxable year.
The following definitions apply in this
subdivision:
a. Eligible firefighter. - A member of a
bona fide fire department who attended at
least 36 hours of fire department drills and
meetings during the taxable year.
b. Eligible rescue squad worker. - A
member of a bona fide rescue or emergency
medical services squad who attended at least
36 hours of rescue squad training and meetings
during the taxable year."
SECTION 2. This act is effective for taxable
years beginning on or after January 1, 2003.