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Q: Why is there not a credit on taxes for pet owners?

April 14, 2009 | By Rhonda J. | 22 answers | Expired: 2063 days ago

Rhonda J.

I feel that people who go through the expense of keeping their pets safe should be rewarded, and what better way then having a tax credit. You would have to show proof of spay and neutoring papers, shot records, county license papers, receipts for flea and tick protection, de-wormers and even grooming costs. Maybe then people would go through the steps to take care better care of their 4-legged kids.

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jenny s.
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Apr 19, 2009

i don't think she meant the purpose of the tax credit for people who simply own a pet, but for people who take care of their pets...maybe for significant medical bills or for adopting from a shelter.

you can get a tax deduction for donating to humane shelters, though :)

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Sarah M.
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Apr 16, 2009

why would you reward that? It's like saying good job to not running a red light. It's people who don't get their animal fixed that should get an additional tax...like the beard tax. If you can't provide documentation, you pay.

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Mary  L.
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Apr 16, 2009

Because it invites abuse and neglect. People would get a pet not as a companion but as a way to a tax credit. Also because there are no economical/efficient ways to verify the person still has the pet when they file their taxes. This would be a terrible idea. Go get any old pet so you can save a few bucks on taxes then dump the pet the day after you mail in the tax form. Not a good idea at all.

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Danielle W.
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Apr 16, 2009

I agree with you to a point. I love my four dogs more than I love most people. But with your idea there is probably stupid people out there that will do this but then forget about there pets for the rest of the year! But bottom line I have my dogs because I love them. If I could have more I would!

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Smokeysdad
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Apr 15, 2009

They're thinking about making adopting an animal in California tax deductible.

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karla w.
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Apr 15, 2009

that is a great idea! someone should talk to city councel people. maybe we could get cheaper state taxes. or you should e-mail the white house with your idea?

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Jillian
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Apr 15, 2009

i absolutely agree. animals are expensive and owning them aids the community in costs, consider the dog warden and animal control.
i don't know how many times i've heard of some shameless couple adopting several children just for the tax breaks. b/c there is a limit on how many animals you can have, this would also be an effort against hoarders.

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Cdobbs
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Apr 15, 2009

I agree that it would be nice if all of us who are responsible and get our 4-legged kids spayed or neutered, vaccinated, etc. got some kind of a tax break. It is the same as having a 2-legged kid and getting to write off medicals expenses for them. We had to take one of our 4-legged kids to the doctor several times last year because he is accident prone and he cost us quite a bit of money...however even with no tax break we will still take better care of our kids than ourselves because they mean that much to us.

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Stephanie
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Apr 15, 2009

That would be nice if we could claim our pets on taxes. I've spent a good chunk of change in this first year of my cats' lives.

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Christine S.
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Apr 15, 2009

I agree there shoule be something, however, it would hard to control this. Many people who are not taking care of their pets would try to claim this and that would be a shame. I do think something for medical expenses with proof would be great. This year I spent over $2000.00 on my dog when he had cancer and it would be wonderful to be able to claim that.

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