Volunteer Firefighters Tax Credit

What is the Volunteer Firefighters Tax Credit (VFTC)?

There are over 100, 000 volunteer firefighters in Canada. Starting in the 2011 tax year, the Federal government is offering them a non-refundable tax credit. Québec volunteer firefighters and those from Nova Scotia can also claim a provincial credit on their provincial return.

Who is eligible for the firefighters’ tax deduction?

If you were a volunteer firefighter during the year and you have contributed at least 200 hours of service, you can claim the credit.

What is the amount of the tax credit for volunteer firefighters?

In 2011, it will be 15% (the lowest tax rate) of $3,000 or $450.

What if I received payment?

If you received any form of payment, you will be able to choose between:

  • claiming a tax exemption of up to $1,000 for payment received (box 87 of your T4 slip), or
  • claiming the VFTC

If you claim the Volunteer Firefighters’ Amount, you must add any amounts in box 87 of your T4 slip, to line 101 of your Federal return. If you are eligible for the exemption, the exempt income will appear on a T4 slip or a Relevé 1 (Québec).

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