Rep. C.B. Embry, Jr. Files Proposal to Provide Tax Credit to Volunteer Firefighters
Proposal will provide credit on tax return starting in 2015-Representative C.B. Embry, Jr., R-Morgantown (17th District) announced today he is sponsoring legislation for the 2014 Regular Session that if passed would provide a tax credit to any certified volunteer firefighter in Kentucky. The bill is also co-sponsored by Rep. Michael Meredith, R-Brownsville (19th District).
“As a former mayor and judge executive, I understand the service and sacrifice of those men and women who step up and join their local volunteer fire departments,” said Rep. Embry. “It is my hope this bill will in some small way provide some relief for those who give up their time and in some cases their own money to be a volunteer firefighter, and also as a thank you to those putting their lives on the line to protect their neighbors and their communities.
Under the bill, any volunteer firefighter who is certified by the Commission on Fire Protection Personnel Standards and Education would be eligible for a refundable tax credit of $1,000 beginning on January 1, 2015. Eligibility for the tax credit would be based on certification and that the individual must be a certified volunteer firefighter for the entire taxable year. Rep. Embry co-sponsored similar legislation during the 2012 Regular Session as House Bill 193 seeking to provide a tax credit to volunteer firefighters, but that bill did not receive a hearing.