IRS plan could muddle volunteer firefighters and rural response

Travis Perry
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Dec 16, 2013 5:00 AM
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IRS plan could muddle volunteer firefighters and rural response

OSAWATOMIE, Kan. — Following the Chicken Little-esque response surrounding recent revelations that the Internal Revenue Service could count volunteer firefighters as employees, a pair of Kansas communities say everybody should just calm down.

The sky, in fact, is not falling.

Pennsylvania’s U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, a Republican, was among the first to sound the alarm last week, decrying that a potential decision by the IRS could have long-lasting ramifications on fire departments across the country. At issue for the IRS is whether volunteer firefighters and other emergency responders should count as employees.