Some volunteer firefighters are eligible for state tax credits – The Clanton Advertiser

By JOYANNA LOVE | Chief Editor

Fire and Rescue Services received their annual state funding and some additional good news at the May 5 Chilton County Volunteer Firefighters Association meeting.

Representative Russell Bedsole (District 49) announced that volunteer firefighters who have completed certain training will be eligible for a state income tax credit from January 1, 2023 through 2027.

Bedsole said he sponsored the bill in the House.

“Senator April Weaver … has been a huge help for us in the Senate to get support, but I can say that in general your Alabama Legislature really appreciates and understands what the volunteers are doing for us across our state,” said he declared.

The bill passed the House and Senate in April to become law. No. 2022-298.

Firefighter I certification by the Alabama Fire College and 30 hours of annual training with the fire department are the minimum requirements for a $300 tax credit. Those with Firefighter II certification or an Advanced EMT or Certified EMT-Paramedic and 30 hours of annual training with the fire or rescue department would be eligible for a $600 income tax credit.

Bedsole said it was necessary to submit a revenue department form.

The hope is that these state income tax credits will help departments retain and recruit volunteers.

“We have to do things to recruit and retain our volunteer firefighters in our rural areas because there is absolutely no way for us as a state to pay people to provide the service to the communities at the level that you provide all,” Weaver said. . “Thanks for all you’ve done.”

The association discussed training options to help members achieve certification.

On behalf of state officials and Chilton County senators, Bedsole and Senator April Weaver presented checks and a letter from Governor Kay Ivey thanking the department for service to each of the departments present.

“I know what a valuable service all of our volunteers provide, especially our rural parts, in the communities,” Bedsole said.

Weaver reminded the departments that if they had not yet received funding from the American Rescue Plan Act, she could help them.

“We want to make sure you get that money because we know $10,000 is a very large sum for a volunteer fire department budget,” Weaver said.

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