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Tax Deductions for Expressing Poochie's Anal Glands?

I understand you may adore your poochiekins. But why should you receive a tax deduction for the expense of taking care of him?

6 comments to Tax Deductions for Expressing Poochie's Anal Glands?

  • Maggie

    It’s not just about luxuries. Pet owners often spend thousands of dollars on medical bills for their pet. My co-worker’s golden retriever had cancer last year. The treatments cost over $5,000. Two years ago someone found my neighbor’s dog walking out in the condo complex. That person thought they would do a “good deed” and threw her small six pound pomeranian over her fence with a note that said “found you dog by the pool, I’m putting her in your back yard.” The poor dog ended up with a broken leg from this “good deed.” The cost to fix the broken leg was $1200. Pet insurance is expensive and often does not cover the ailment. So yes, it would be nice to be able to deduct some medical costs.

    • Jim

      Overbred dogs get cancer a lot. Your coworker decided to give a dog chemotherapy. Why is this a social good that should be rewarded with a tax deduction?

  • Your comments are crude and misleading. There is nothing in the pet legislation that says dog clothes are deductible. And pet owners like me care a LOT more for their animals than liars like you!

    • Well, Margaret, why would you care more about liars like Jim? Liars like Newt Gingrich, though, what do you think about them?

    • Jim

      Margaret, the legislation issues a broad tax deduction for pet care. There is nothing in the legislation to exclude any category of pet care from the tax deduction. That is the definition of crudeness in legislation.

  • ReMarker

    Having pets is usually a non-necessity personal choice and the expenses of said ownership should generally be personal and should not have any negative financial impact on the tax reciepts of governments. In other words, no tax write-offs for pet expenses. HOWEVER, I could support some tax write-offs for pets that aid the handicapped or have other helpful specialty uses. Examples: Seeing eye dogs for the blind and canaries in a coal mine.

    As for “regular” pets, ie. snakes, fish, lizards, turtles, cats, dogs, horses, pigs, monkeys, tigers, spiders, ants, birds, ferrets, rats, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbals, rabbits, etc., drafting legislation allowing for tax write-offs for pets, would allow for a tax write-off loop-hole from hell. Not to mention defining the write-off qualifiers.

    Understanding each person “loves” their pet, how to deny a “warmer” for a pig or rat, if “warmers” are allowed for horses and where to draw the latitude line (warmers are not needed in warm climates) for warmers v no warmers to write off. And which pets are exempt because they are “inside” pets. And what percent of a write-off is allowed for pet “outside” time. And how to verify said qualifiers, so people don’t cheat?

    If a tax write-off for a pet is available, could I write off the expenses of feeding this cat that hangs out in my yard? Could I write off the value of the time I spend burying the dead birds and squirrels she drags up?

    Am I making good points? Should I continue? Would someone help me if I should continue?

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