Tax Credits - To help retain first responders and to encourage more individuals to volunteer, legislation authorizing local municipalities to enact earned income and property tax liability tax credits for active volunteers of a fire company or emergency medical service (EMS) company is now on the governor’s desk for consideration.
House Bill 1683 would grant municipalities the authority to offer active volunteers a tax credit of up to 20 percent of their tax liability based on the number of calls a volunteer responded to or their training or participation in the functions of the organization.
A study conducted by the Pennsylvania Fire and Emergency Services Institute in 2001 found that volunteer fire service companies yielded about $6 billion in avoided costs to local governments.
Planning a Trip to Harrisburg? – If so, you can soon book a tour of the state Capitol online. Click here to be directed to the website, which also includes interactive, educational tools for all ages.
Testing for Radon - Because of its geology, Pennsylvania is prone to high levels of radon, a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that occurs naturally through the breakdown of uranium in soil and rocks. It can enter a home through cracks in the foundation or other openings and is a leading cause of lung cancer.
Radon has been detected in all 67 counties. Last October, a home in southern Lehigh County showed a radon level of more than 6,100 picocuries per liter, the highest level ever recorded in the state.
Testing is the only way to know if a home, school, workplace or other structure has elevated levels of radon. An easy home test kit can be purchased at hardware or home improvement stores for about $20 to $30. People may also hire a state-certified testing company.
For more information, including information on interpreting radon test results and finding a Pennsylvania-certified radon contractor, visit the DEP Radon Division web site or call 800-23-RADON (800-237-2366).
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