Governor Terry Branstad has signed a bill that will give tax credits to volunteer first responders. Senate File 2322 gives volunteer firefighters and emergency medical personnel a $50 tax credit for a full year served as a volunteer first responder. If the individual did not serve a full year, they will receive a tax credit for the months they were working as a volunteer. Fire Chief Doug Van Gorkom says the first responders don’t do it for pay, or for tax credits, they do it to give back to their community and because they love what they do. He’s glad to see the state government acknowledging the service volunteer first responders provide.
Knoxville Rural Fire Chief Kenny Thompson agrees that it’s nice to be recognized for all the hard work they do and hours they put into the job. Thompson says that they do spend varying amounts of money as a volunteer, so a tax credit such as this is a step in the right direction. The bill, signed by Branstad last week, passed 50-0 in the Senate and 96-1 in the House.