Obamacare may force volunteer firefighter companies to close

Wheelwrites, buggy whip makers, mom and pop grocery stores - all disappeared as a result of the march of progress. But volunteer firefighter companies may go the way of the blacksmiths due to the destructive entity known as Obamacare. Apparently, the IRS doesn't know what "volunteer" means. They are classifying firefighters who volunteer their time to serve their communities as "employees." This means that small municipalities have to purchase health insurance for their "workers" - cash they don't have and aren't likely to get. Daily Mail: Since the Obamacare law doesn't specifically carve out an exemption for them, fire departments where 50 or more people work - either as volunteers or officially as employees - are expected to provide health insurance for every one of them. In towns with more than one volunteer fire department, all the staffers will likely be lumped together for tax purposes, pushing many municipalities above the 50-worker threshold. That could cost...(Read Full Post)