The Bagdad Fire Department Auxiliary along with the Firefighters of the Bagdad Fire Protection District would like to thank everyone who sponsored and attended tonight’s Ribeye Dinner. Thanks for making it an amazing and successful event!!We are so grateful to serve such a supportive community.
VOLUNTEER RESPONDER INCENTIVE PROTECTION ACT RESTORED FOR 2020 TAX YEAR
December 20, 2019
On December 20, President Trump signed into law appropriations legislation (H.R. 1865), which includes language restoring the Volunteer Responder Incentive Protection Act (VRIPA) in the 2020 tax year. VRIPA exempts nominal volunteer recruitment and retention incentives from being subject to federal income tax and reporting requirements for the 2020 tax year. Specifically, H.R. 1865 exempts property tax benefits and up to $600 per year in other incentives, such as stipends, that volunteer fire and EMS personnel receive as a reward for their service.
VRIPA was first enacted in 2007 and was in effect from 2008-2010. Originally, VRIPA exempted property tax benefits and up to $360 per year of other incentives. VRIPA expired in 2011 and 2020 will be the first year that it is back in effect since then. In addition to restoring VRIPA for the 2020 tax year, H.R. 1865 raises the maximum exempted benefits amount for non-property tax benefits from $360 to $600 per year.
“I’d like to thank Representatives John Larson (D-CT) and Mike Kelly (R-PA), Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Ben Cardin (D-MD), and all of the bi-partisan cosponsors of the Volunteer Responder Incentive Protection Act for their support in getting this legislation passed,” said National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) Chair Steve Hirsch. “Federal taxation of volunteer benefits reduces their value as an incentive and creates administrative challenges for small departments that have to essentially set up a payroll system even for small stipends. Passage of this bill will help volunteer departments and personnel in 2020, while improving our chances of making VRIPA permanent.”
When VRIPA was in effect previously, the IRS issued guidance on how volunteer emergency services agencies and personnel could take advantage of it. The NVFC is in the process of working with Congress and the IRS to develop updated guidance.
While H.R. 1865 restores VRIPA for one year, passage of separate legislation is required to exempt nominal volunteer incentives permanently. You can use the NVFC’s Legislative Action Center to ask Congress to make VRIPA permanent.
I suspect it is hard to love a First Responder. We get up early and don't have time to drink coffee over the newspaper. We come home late and are too tired to cook. We work extra because we know there are families who need us. We don't get too excited over a minor crisis because we deal with issues all day. We have seen far worse. We don't want to talk when we come home. We have talked all day. We don't want to move when we come home. We have moved all day.
It may seem, that we have left all our caring, our heart, and our love at work, then come home feeling empty. But we don't tell you that many times at work we are scared. Scared we are missing something. Scared we are failing our loved ones and friends. Scared we will lose ourselves because everyday we have seen the worse side of mankind so no one else will have to. Scared we will let our victims and their families down. Scared to go into homes of unknown people and scared of what we might find.
We have to deal with angry families and all the while do our best to help them. We don't tell you how the trauma we see affects us, and how stressed we are for the pain our families are going through.
I would like to thank those of you out there who love us, support us, encourage us and let us do this work, this calling, this life:
BAGDAD,KY. The Bagdad Fire Department responded to a house fire located at 5840 Elmburg Road. Bagdad Fire crews were assisted by Shelby County, East US 60 and Waddy Fire Departments. It took fire crews approximately 20 minutes to contained the blaze, firefighters stayed on the scene for several hours checking for "hotspots". Cause of the fire is still under investigation. -END-