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    Any you Canuck FF's seen/heard anything on this? I was not even aware there was a tax break for us.

    Tax break urged for volunteer firefighters

    By Angie Poss The Pictorial Mar 19 2005

    Volunteer firefighters could keep more of the money they earn in their regular jobs if a private member's bill gains approval from Parliament.

    Bill C-273, proposed by Nova Scotian member of Parliament Rodger Cuzner, would give volunteer firefighters a $1,000 tax credit for 100 hours of volunteer work. The deduction doubles to $2,000 for volunteers who contribute 200 hours.

    The bill would have a major impact on Duncan's 34 firefighters, said fire chief Glenn Mackie. "It's huge. Just think of what $1,000 does on your taxes," said Mackie.

    The bill, an amendment to the Income Tax Act, would also cover volunteer ambulance attendants and members of search-and-rescue teams.
    The tax credit recognizes the sacrifices emergency volunteers make, said Cuzner, the Liberal representative for Cape Breton-Canso. The volunteers already qualify for a $1,000 tax deduction but there is confusion about who qualifies and what paperwork is needed.

    Bill C-273 would clarify the procedure and provide increased benefits.
    There's no question in Mackie's mind whether firefighters would reach the 200-hour threshold.

    "Just about all my members will qualify. Just in practice alone there is almost 200 hours," said Mackie.

    The tax deduction could help smaller departments retain members, said North Cowichan fire chief Rob McDowell. While private member's bills rarely pass, it is due to come before the House finance committee shortly. www.cowichannewsleader.com/
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    Malahat: search the Canadian forum. This has been an on-again/off- again proposal for quite some time now.
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    I added to one of the threads recently as well. Most departments in my area received a mailing from an Alberta MP who sponsored both this bill and a previous failed bill. He included some sample letters for our memebers to sign and send to our MP and the PM's office.

    Here's the thread with all the links and info on the proposed bill.

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    I thought volunteers didn't do it for the money.

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    Think of it like the government giving you a tip.
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    Think of it like the government giving you a tip.
    Hey, I prefer a paycheck, myself. Get what you can.

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    Thanks MC. Sometimes when ya lives in the sticks at the top 'o the mountain, in da middle ada ocean, news travels kinda slow.

    (We know the air is a bit thinner up here too )

    And Nozz, I'm still here to do'n the job free, paid or otherwise. And when I move on from here, I'll still do it for free, paid or otherwise.
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