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Q: Tax Credits for Responsible Pet Owners

March 4, 2009 | By Roberta P. | 13 answers | Expired: 2046 days ago

Roberta  P.

Are there any states who give a tax credit or deduction for responsible pet owners? I started thinking about this after filing my taxes recently. We get to claim our children as dependents to lessen our tax burden. Should the same consideration be given to those who are responsible pet owners? I'm unsure as to what the guidelines should be (yearly checkups, heartworm prevention, tick/flea medication, medical expenses, a specified dollar amount), but it would be nice to get a little help for all of the expense we put into our pets. What do you think?

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Carol L.
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Mar 04, 2009

As far as I know there are no states that allow pets. I believe that is why they require a social secuity number for all dependents.

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Andrew
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Mar 07, 2009

That is absolutely a great idea. I know of none yet, but I would love to see that soon.

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Sandy S.
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Mar 07, 2009

My state of West Virginia doesn't allow tax deductions for care of our animals. However, the legislature is currently in session and a bill has been introduced that would reduce the dog license fee for dogs that have been altered. It's not as big as a deduction but it's better than nothing.

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