Can Your Dog Save You Money on Your Taxes?

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Hey, yo. Yeah, you. Bro, dude, guy, man, person. Were you wondering if you can claim your dog on your taxes and someway save some money? I was too, so like you I found out an answer. If you are willing to massage the system you can save some bucks as the result of owning your dog(s).

Technically, you cannot claim your dogs. You cannot claim your dogs as dependents anyway. Even though most down owners consider their pets family.

What you can do is claim dog-related expenses as long as they are for a business need. If you keep guard dogs, for example, you could claim the cost of their food as a business expense.

Did you know you can also deduct the cost of moving your family dog to your new home? If the move is “job-related” and meets certain tests it is approved and legal.

The IRS tells us:

“You can include in medical expenses the costs of buying, training and maintaining a guide dog or other service animal to assist a visually impaired or hearing-impaired person, or a person with other physical disabilities. In general, this includes any costs, such as food, grooming and veterinary care, incurred in maintaining the health and vitality of the service animal so that it may perform its duties.”

Expenses incurred by a person who raises guide dogs for a charitable organization, such as Guide Dogs for the Blind, can claim an itemized deduction.

If you foster or rescue animals for an IRS-approved charity, your expenses for food, litter, and veterinary bills may be deductible. In June of 2011, the Tax Court upheld a charitable deduction for unreimbursed out-of-pocket expenses incurred by a woman while taking care of cats in her home for the organization Fix Our Ferals.

If you choose to deduct state and local sales tax instead of state and local income tax on Schedule A, you may be able to deduct the sales tax paid on pet food.

Disclaimer: In no way, shape, or form are MuttFitters any type of accountant or financial advisor. We just like learning and sharing everything we can find related to dogs. Stay within the legal system, but as always try and shape your life to work for you, within the confines of the law. Happy tax season. WOOF.

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