Canada Revenue Agency

Canada Revenue Agency

September 12, 2011 15:22 ET

Government of Canada Highlights New Tax Credit for Volunteer Firefighters

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 12, 2011) -

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The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue, accompanied by the Honorable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, attended the Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association (CVFSA) this weekend to promote a new tax credit for volunteer firefighters, a non-refundable tax credit passed in the 2011 federal budget.

Minister Shea also had the opportunity during the meeting to present the CVFSA Lifetime Achievement Award, a national award presented once a year to a deserving volunteer firefighter in Canada. "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. I congratulate Terry Diabo for this prestigious award, and I am proud that our Government has introduced the Volunteer Firefighter Tax Credit in support of these efforts," said Minister Shea.

"I would like to congratulate Terry Diabo on receiving this important award," said Minister Duncan. "He has worked tirelessly and has volunteered with the Kahnawake Volunteer Fire Brigade and other local fire departments. Our government commends him for his strong dedication to serving the public and his support of strong and safe communities."

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.

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National Revenue Minister Gail Shea today attended the Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association to promote the new volunteer firefighter's tax credit. When an eligible volunteer firefighter claims the credit on their tax return, they can reduce their tax bill by as much as $450.

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  • Nancy Bishay
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of National Revenue
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    Noel Carisse
    Canada Revenue Agency
    Media Relations
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