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Friday, January 10, 2014

Thompson Statement on Internal Revenue Service Decision to Protect Volunteer Firefighters from Health Care Law

Thompson Statement on Internal Revenue Service Decision to Protect Volunteer Firefighters from Health Care Law

Administration Pledges Fair Treatment for Volunteer Emergency Responders

BELLEFONTE, Pa. – U.S. Representative Glenn 'GT' Thompson (PA-5) tonight issued the following statement in response to the announcement by the U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) concerning the treatment of volunteer firefighters under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

"Our local emergency volunteer organizations deserve to have this situation clarified and settled, and today's announcement by the Treasury Department and IRS is a step in the right direction. I look forward to reviewing the formal ruling, which is expected to be issued in the near future, and will work to ensure the final determination provides certainty to our local emergency organizations and the populations they protect."

Background:

Under the ACA’s employer mandate, volunteer organizations with 50 or more employees could be forced to provide health insurance or pay penalties. On December 11, 2013, Thompson and fellow House colleagues introduced the Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act (H.R. 3685), which would ensure that emergency services volunteers are not counted as full-time employees under the ACA’s employer mandate.

The U.S. Treasury Department and the IRS today announced plans to address how volunteer firefighting organizations will be treated under the ACA in forthcoming regulations, stating “final regulations relating to employer shared responsibility generally will not require volunteer hours of bona fide volunteer firefighters and volunteer emergency medical personnel at governmental or tax-exempt organizations to be counted when determining full-time employees (or full-time equivalents).”

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I will bet that the obama administration is working on a way to ether fine or make volunteer organizations pay into the government to help fund obama care. Especially when you receive government grants and funding. Absolutely every one will have to pay up in one way or another.

Anonymous said...

They should pay. They are no different the way the law is written now. Maybe when they fuss with the volunteers you mind numb idiots will wake up.