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A02087 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A2087
 
SPONSOR: Gunther
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the tax law, in relation to a credit for hunting and fishing license fees for volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers   PURPOSE: To provide a tax credit to volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambu- lance workers for hunting and fishing license fees.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1: Grants a tax credit to volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers for the fee for fishing licenses as well as small and big game hunting licenses. Also establishes that any excess from such tax credit may be carried over to following years. Section 2: Provides the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: Volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers contribute their time, often while risking their own safety, to provide a vital service for their communities, and all of this is done without any compensation. In a recently released report, FASNY found that volunteer firefighters save New Yorkers approximately $3 billion annually. Providing a tax credit for fishing, small game, and big game hunting license fees for these heroes and volunteers is a small but meaningful way of.showing our appreciation, especially when compared to the magnitude of the services and safety they provide.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2017-18: A729 referred to Environmental Conservation/S2166 referred to Government Operations 2016: A10064 referred to Environmental Conservation/S6690A referred to Environmental Conservation   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimal to the State.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately and shall apply to taxable years beginning on and after January 1, 2020.
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