Volunteer Firefighter & EMS Tax Credit

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Applications For 2023 Have Closed

A real estate tax credit is available for volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel who own real estate property in Cumberland County. This annual tax credit for our volunteer first responders was enacted through Ordinance Number 2022-2 by the Cumberland County Commissioners.

How Much Is The Tax Credit?

The amount of Cumberland County Real Estate Tax paid by the volunteer, up to $250. (Excluding Library Tax)

Who Is Eligible?

  1. You must be an active volunteer firefighter or EMS volunteer. 
  2. An active volunteer who was injured during a response to an emergency call, and can no longer serve as an active volunteer because of the injury, is eligible for a tax credit for the succeeding 5 years.
  3. A volunteer must occupy and pay property taxes as the property owner, either alone or jointly.

How Do I Apply?

The applicant's fire company or EMS chief/manager must submit a certification form listing volunteers who have met the organizations requirements and have been in good standing for at least six months between January 1 and November 30 to the Cumberland County Commissioners Office by December 15.

Volunteers must submit the following to the Commissioners Office by December 15

  1. A copy of their paid real estate tax receipt (verified by the tax collector)  
    • Bank statements and canceled checks will not be accepted as a form of verification.
  2. A completed and signed volunteer tax credit application.

The items above must be mailed or hand delivered to the Cumberland County Commissioners Office, 1 Courthouse square, Suite 200, Carlisle, PA 17013 by December 15 in the year the real estate tax credit applies.

What Happens After Applying?

The Cumberland County Commissioners Office will review and verify the certification, real estate receipt, and completed application. After verifying all information, a check payable to the volunteer in the amount of real estate tax paid up to $250 will be issued to the applicant.



Call 717.240.6150 or email commissioners@cumberlandcountypa.gov

Cumberland County Commissioners Office
1 Courthouse Square

2nd Floor, Suite 200
CarlislePA 17013