WASHINGTON, DC – Legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) that would allow first responders to take tax deductions for their uniforms and for tuition or related fees for professional development courses was approved by the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday.

According to a statement by Pascrell, first responders, including police, firefighters, and EMTs, often have to pay for their own uniforms and the costs of uniform maintenance, paying out-of-pocket fees that range from $500 to $1,000, as well as for professional development courses that can average several hundred dollars.  

“By putting their lives on the line, America’s first responders are heroes in every community in the United States,” Pascrell, who also serves as the co-chair of both the House Law Enforcement Caucus and the Congressional Fire Services Caucus said. “Allowing our first responders to recoup some of the costs they incur to protect us is a small measure that just makes sense. This legislation will signal again to our community heroes that we have their backs in Congress to help them to do their jobs.”

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These substantial costs, the statement read, were previously offset as deductions from their taxable income until tax cuts put forward by President Donald Trump “put an unfair financial burden on officers, who give up so much to protect and serve our communities.”

“As he always has, Congressman Bill Pascrell is once again showing that he has the backs of the men and women of the fire service and law enforcement,” said Eddie Donnelly, President of the NJ Firefighters’ Mutual Benevolent Association. “This new deduction will help to negate the impact of changes to the tax code brought on by President Trump, and allow us to further invest in our professions.”



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