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Casey: IRS resolving volunteer firefighter issue with Obamacare

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The IRS will not be considering volunteer firefighters as employees for purposes of Obamacare's employer mandate, according to U.S. Sen. Bob Casey.

Casey said he has received a letter from the IRS stating that the issue is being addressed in the final Affordable Care Act regulation.

"Pennsylvania has a long and proud tradition of volunteer firefighters," Casey said. "I'm pleased that the IRS has clarified that volunteer firefighters and other volunteer emergency responders will not be considered as employees for the purposes of the ACA's employer responsibility requirements."

Concerns arose because the IRS has previously, in non-Obamacare matters, deemed volunteers who receive certain compensation employees rather than contractors because their respective departments direct them where to go and what to do.

The National Volunteer Fire Council in September wrote the IRS seeking a clear exemption so that volunteers would not count under the Obamacare mandate.

Heather Stauffer

Heather Stauffer

Heather Stauffer covers Lancaster County, nonprofits, education and health care. Have a tip or question for her? Email her at heathers@cpbj.com. Follow her on Twitter, @StaufferCPBJ.

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