Proposed tax credit announced for B.C. volunteer firefighters, search-and-rescue crews

Volunteer firefighters and search-and-rescue crew members in B.c. could soon receive a tax credit. Facebook/Vernon Search and Rescue

B.C. volunteer firefighters and search-and-rescue crews could soon get a tax break from the province.

The Liberal government announced Saturday that its pre-election budget includes a tax credit for thousands of volunteers across B.C.

If approved by the legislature, volunteers who provide at least 200 hours of service to a fire department and/or search-and-rescue organization will receive a tax credit worth up to $150 a year.

Coupled with a similar federal tax break, volunteers could receive just over $600 in non-refundable credits annually.

There are 2,500 volunteers in 80 search-and-rescue groups in B.C and approximately 4,500 volunteer firefighters.

If approved, the credit would be available for the 2017 tax year.


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