Legislation Introduced to Provide Tax Credit to Volunteer, Part-Time First Responders

State Representative Graham Filler of Michigan’s 93rd District has introduced legislation to support volunteer firefighters and emergency medical personnel.

House Bill 5432 creates a $2,500 tax credit for firefighters or EMS personnel who serve at least 10 hours a month as a volunteer with a fire department or life support agency in Michigan. Under Filler’s plan, the tax credit would be collected when volunteer emergency workers file their taxes beginning with the 2024 tax year. Filler says the tax credit could also help recruit and retain first responders in rural communities, which often rely heavily on part-time or volunteer agencies.

The bill is referred to the House Tax Policy Committee for consideration.