LETTER – bill provides tax relief for volunteer first responders

Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce wants to give volunteer firefighters and first aid squad members a tax break to thank them for their service and to entice people to volunteer. DeCroce has introduced legislation (A5235) allowing volunteer first responders to take anadditional $300 personal exemption as a deduction on their New Jersey gross income.

“These extraordinary men and women respond to emergencies all hours of the day and night, often putting their lives on the line, for no compensation,” said DeCroce (R-Morris). “They provide a vital public service that is invaluable. This measure is an opportunity for us to express our gratitude for their selfless service.

“At the same time, it’s an effort to address the state’s shortage of volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel,” DeCroce continued. “This direct deduction in full will hopefully provide incentive for people to volunteer in their local towns.”

 

To qualify, a member must be in good standing in their fire department or first aid squad during the taxable year, and the two calendar years immediately preceding the taxable year for which the additional exemption is allowed.