Nova Scotia volunteer firefighters and ground search and rescue tax credit

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What is this?

If in 2015, you were a volunteer firefighter or a search and rescue ground volunteer in Nova Scotia, you may be eligible to claim the refundable Nova Scotia volunteer firefighters and ground search and rescue tax credit for services rendered, in the amount of $500.

 

Am I eligible?

You can claim the Nova Scotia volunteer firefighters and ground search and rescue tax credit provided you have met ALL of the following conditions:

  • You were a resident of Nova Scotia on December 31, 2015;
  • You were a volunteer firefighter or a ground search and rescue volunteer for a period of no less than six months between January 1 and December 31, 2015;
  • You did not receive a salary, wages, or compensation other than reasonable reimbursement or allowances for expenses; and
  • For a volunteer firefighter, you were listed as a volunteer firefighter on the report filed by the fire chief of the volunteer fire department.

Note: If you are preparing a return for a person who died in 2015, you can claim this credit on the deceased person’s final return if he or she was a resident of Nova Scotia on the day of death and met all of the conditions listed above.

Where do I claim this?

Follow these steps in H&R Block’s tax software to file your 2015 taxes:

Important: Before you begin, ensure that you told us that you lived in NOVA SCOTIA on December 31st of the 2015 tax year, in H&R Block’s tax software. To do this:

  1. Click the HOME tab.
  2. Click the ABOUT YOU icon, and click the Your residence link. You will find yourself here:

Once you have confirmed your residence location, you can claim the Nova Scotia volunteer firefighters and ground search and rescue tax credit by following these steps:

  1. Click the PREPARE tab.
  2. Click the OTHER icon then click the Special situations link.
  3. Answer Yes to the question Were you a volunteer firefighter or ground search and rescue volunteer for at least 6 months in 2015 and didn’t receive a salary, wage, or compensation?.

 

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