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Firemen Tax Credit

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Des Moines, IA (AP) — Thousands of volunteer Iowa firefighters and emergency responders can claim a new  credit on their income taxes.
The Iowa Department of Revenue says volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel qualify for the $50 credit starting in the 2013 tax year. Those tax filings are due in April.
Firefighters are eligible as long as they are active members of a department, and meet minimum training standards established by the state.
EMS workers are eligible if they are trained, certified and have a certificate from the Iowa Department of Public Health.
The Legislative Services Agency says that up to 21,000 workers will be able to claim all or a portion of the credit, reducing state revenue by about $900,000 annually.
Gov. Terry Branstad signed the tax credit into law in 2012.

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