Canada Revenue Agency

Canada Revenue Agency

September 14, 2011 13:44 ET

Minister Shea Highlights New Tax Credit for Volunteer Firefighters

FORT MCMURRAY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Sept. 14, 2011) -

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The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue, accompanied by Brian Jean, Member of Parliament for Fort McMurray-Athabasca, visited on September 12, the Saprae Creek Fire Hall in Fort McMurray to discuss a new non-refundable tax credit for volunteer firefighters which was 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.

"Volunteer firefighters are fundamental to the safety of our communities and highways, such as Highway 63. I am delighted that our government is acknowledging the work of these courageous Canadians by offering this new credit" said Brian Jean.

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 and Brian Jean, Member of Parliament for Fort McMurray-Athabasca, today visited the Saprae Creek Fire Hall in Fort McMurray 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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