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Gov. Branstad signs reserve civil servant tax credit into law


This news story was published on May 19, 2014.
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Governor Branstad signs the bill into law.

Governor Branstad signs the bill into law.

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry E. Branstad this week recognized Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week in Iowa with a proclamation and a bill expanding income tax credits for volunteer EMS personnel, fire fighters and reserve peace officers.

May 18 to 24 is Emergency Medical Services Week in Iowa. Iowa has nearly 12,000 EMS providers, who responded to 244,011 calls in 2012. Those calls resulted in more than 207,000 patients being transported to hospitals. Two-thirds of Iowa’s EMS providers are volunteers who receive little-to-no pay for what they do. The Iowa Legislature this year doubled the volunteer EMS and firefighter tax credit, and extended the credit to reserve police officers.

On May 16, the governor signed House File 2459 into law, an act relating to the individual income tax by creating a tax credit for reserve peace officers and by modifying the tax credit for volunteer fire fighter and volunteer emergency medical services personnel and including retroactive applicability provisions.

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