Volunteer firefighters tax credit

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The volunteer firefighters tax credit (VFTC) is a non-refundable tax credit available to any volunteer firefighter who completed at least 200 hours of eligible volunteer firefighting services with one or more fire departments in the year.

Important facts

  • The VFTC is calculated by multiplying the lowest personal income tax rate for the year (15% in 2011) by $3,000. For 2011, the non-refundable tax credit will be $450.
  • You can apply for this credit when filling out your 2011 personal income tax and benefit return.
  • To be eligible for the tax credit you must have been a volunteer firefighter in the year for which you are claiming the credit and must have completed a minimum of 200 hours of eligible volunteer firefighter services which must primarily include:
    • responding to and being on call for emergency calls as a firefighter;
    • attending fire department meetings; and
    • participating in required training related to preventing and suppressing fires.
  • As a volunteer firefighter, you may be eligible for an income exemption of up to $1,000 if you received payment for carrying out volunteer firefighter duties. If you choose to claim this exemption, you will not be eligible for the new VFTC.
  • In general, the fire department should determine how many hours of eligible volunteer firefighter service you have completed in the year.

For more information about the volunteer firefighter's tax credit, go to www.cra.gc.ca/firefighter.

Statistics

  • There are about 85,000 volunteer firefighters in Canada.

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