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Volunteer Firefighters Receive New Deductions In 2014

A new state law gives volunteer firefighters an income tax deduction up to $1,000.
PULASKI COUNTY AR -- A new state law gives volunteer firefighters an income tax deduction up to $1,000, but it's not going to be a lot of help to most Pulaski County volunteer firefighters. The deduction is only for required equipment and loss of personal property, but the assistant chief at the Arch Street Fire Department says his guys wouldn't qualify for either. The volunteer firefighters there don't use their own stuff and equipment and gear are bought with state grants. The assistant chief says help recruiting volunteers would be more beneficial. "Every volunteer fire department goes through this about once or twice a year where people say I want to be a firefighter and then they start into it and realize they have to spend a lot of time away from their families," said Burke Hollenberger, Assistant Chief at Arch Street VFD.

Several other new state laws are now in effect. Act 14-59 reduces the state's lowest income tax from 1 percent to 9-tenths of a percent. Act 437 allows a vehicle to be registered for multiple years at a time.
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