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Nationally, the Federal Emergency Management Agency reports that volunteer fire departments make up 71 per cent of America's 1 million firehouses. Another 16 per cent are 'mostly volunteer.'
It's unclear how many of those department involve at least 50 people, making the potential impact of the Affordable Care Act's latest unintended consequence difficult to calculate.
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Even if this were true (Volunteer departments caught in an IRS loophole) there's no way the administration or the congress wouldn't fix this to exempt them.
The organization representing the fire chiefs has been working on the issue with the IRS and White House for months.
“It could be a huge deal,” said U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-11, Hazleton, who is seeking clarification from the IRS. “In Pennsylvania, 97 percent of fire departments are fully or mostly volunteer firefighters. It’s the fourth highest amount in the country.”
So far, the IRS hasn’t decided what to do.
Efforts to reach spokesmen for the IRS were unsuccessful.
Well, so far your wrong, as The Fire Chiefs have have run up against
the IRS on this, and the IRS is not budging.