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Are Your Pet’s Expenses Tax Deductible?

  • March 27, 2011
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Are Your Pet’s Expenses Tax Deductible?

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The non-passing of the HAPPY Act (HR 3501) at the end of the 111th Congress left a lot of pet owners sad. If enacted, the bill would have given a $3,500 tax credit to pet owners with qualifying expenses.  And the depression grows around this time of year when many of us are treading in piles of receipts and credit card bills in an attempt to itemize and deduct all that we can.  Adding up pet care costs can be disturbing. It’s one of those things that you may not really want to know, if you want to stay in love with your pet.

As important as our pets are in our lives, nothing raises an accountant ‘s hackles more  than seeing “four dependents” listed on the tax return of a single man with a dog, two fish, and a ferret.

So, you’ve heard it before, and you’ll ask it again this year and probably again next year, but here is the answer you don’t want to hear: Your pets are not deductible. Their healthcare is not deductible. Their food, leash, sweater, exercise equipment, and bones are not deductible.

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It may cheer you up to hear that there are some pet deductions that are legitimite. Here are some good ones to discuss with your accountant—not your friend from the dog park, your accountant:

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2:24PM PST on Feb 27, 2012

Interesting.

12:26PM PDT on Jun 13, 2011

wish we could....

8:55AM PDT on Jun 8, 2011

Gee, what a novel idea! Make the rich pay taxes! That will only happen if we elect people who aren't in the pockets of the rich. I've yet to meet a politician (especially a Republican) who isn't!

8:26AM PDT on Jun 8, 2011

Animals are not deductible on tax returns. The government seems to be having a hard time dealing with human dependents. I can NOT possible imagine what will happen if animals can be claimed. People spend the same if not more on their pets. However this will cut into the taxable income of people so they will pay less taxes. Where could we possible replace all that lost revenue? Tax the rich perhaps. It's only a suggestion.

8:00PM PDT on May 15, 2011

No idea.

10:00AM PDT on May 7, 2011

I wish it had passed!

11:53AM PDT on Apr 26, 2011

wish it would have passed!

11:12AM PDT on Apr 8, 2011

Excellent article, thanks!

7:35AM PDT on Apr 8, 2011

Would have eased some of the burden on the shelters and rescues by helping folks to keep their pets.

12:18PM PDT on Apr 5, 2011

We have two well trained very photogenic dogs which we use in ads promoting our business. Costs of grooming, training, medical and health products to keep them ad worthy and happy.

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