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Q: Tax Credits for Responsible Pet Owners

March 4, 2009 | By Roberta P. | 13 answers | Expired: 1953 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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Amanda E.
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Mar 14, 2009

I knew of a guy who actually claimed both his dogs as dependents on his tax return. He got away with it for 10 years! He was later caught and was in quite a bit of trouble.
I have thought for a long time that claiming pets legally for a tax break would be nice! After all, they are dependant on us, aren't they! (But I can also see people abusing such a system, not to mention people who don't like pets or shouldn't own pets getting them.)

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Megan B.
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Mar 11, 2009

That sounds like a great idea! I know a lot of pet owners would really appreciate the break. Food prices have gone up, not to mention the cost of vetting several animals (if done yearly, etc). This would also create a potential database/network for shelters to utilize. Obviously we would want to adopt more animals to people who qualified for a tax break because they were good pet owners.

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RICHARD V.
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Mar 08, 2009

Your absolutely right. Especially for people who turn to the shelter and give up their pet because they can afford to keep the pet.

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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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Lorrainelabs
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Mar 05, 2009

Not that I know of. It is a great idea though. The only downside is people might get pets just to get the deduction.

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Pia S.
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Mar 04, 2009

I wish - - I know of none.

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Sher P.
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Mar 04, 2009

Good thought! I think it would be great if there was a deduction for spay/neuter. That would help the unwanted pet population immensely. Not to mention the neglected over-population. Why not rally for that?

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Chitown
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Mar 04, 2009

That's a good question and a good idea! I don't know of any states that provide this, but if one did, I'd think at least there could be a one-time deduction for spay/neuter, and an every-two-or-three-year deduction for a rabies vaccination. A deduction for proof of successful completion of an obedience class, something like Good Canine Citizen, should be included as well. All help society, just like charitable contributions.

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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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