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Prince George, British Columbia, January 20, 2012... The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue, accompanied by Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament for Prince George - Peace River and Dick Harris, Member of Parliament for Cariboo - Prince George, today visited the Pineview Firehall in Prince George to promote a new non-refundable tax credit for volunteer firefighters.

"Every day in Canada, almost 85,000 brave men and women are ready to put their own lives at risk to protect the lives and property of their friends, neighbours, and even perfect strangers. Our Government recognizes these efforts and is proud to have introduced the Volunteer Firefighter Tax Credit," said Minister Shea.

"Our volunteer firefighters are important members of our community and we can't thank them enough for the invaluable work they do for the residents of Prince George," said Bob Zimmer.

"I am delighted that our government is acknowledging the work of these courageous Canadians by offering this new credit," added Dick Harris.

The non-refundable tax credit is available to any volunteer firefighter who serves at least 200 hours per year at one or more fire departments beginning on January 1, 2011. Services that make up those 200 hours include responding to and being on call for firefighting and other emergencies, attending meetings at the fire department, and taking courses in preventing and putting out fires. When an eligible firefighter claims the credit, they can reduce income taxes they have paid or will owe at tax time by as much as $450.

"This credit is one of several measures announced in Budget 2011 that will help Canadians and their families to keep hard-earned dollars in their pockets. I encourage all volunteer firefighters to learn more about the credit and to claim it when they file their 2011 income tax and benefit returns," added Minister Shea.

For more information about the volunteer firefighter's tax credit, go to www.cra.gc.ca/firefighter.

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On Friday, January 20, 2012, the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue, accompanied by Mr. Bob Zimmer (MP for Prince George – Peace River) (far right), and members of the Prince George Volunteer Firefighters Association visited the Pineview Fire Hall to promote the new tax credit for volunteer firefighters. This new tax credit, announced in the 2011 Federal Budget, is available to volunteer firefighters who dedicate over 200 hours of service per year to their communities.

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National Revenue Minister Gail Shea, accompanied by Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament for Prince George - Peace River and Dick Harris, Member of Parliament for Cariboo - Prince George, today visited the Pineview Firehall in Prince George to promote the new volunteer firefighter's tax credit. When an eligible volunteer firefighter claims the credit on their tax return, they can reduce their tax bill by as much as $450.

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