Is your pet a tax deduction?

That April 15th tax deadline is coming up soon!  Here are some ways your pet could become a tax deduction!

#1 – Guide Dog

If you utilize a guide dog due to reduced vision or hearing, you might be able to deduct the costs of buying, training & maintaining that animal under medical expenses!
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#2 – Guard Dogs

If you are using a dog as a guard dog it may count as a business deduction!  The IRS may ask you to prove that keeping the dog on work premises is necessary & some sort of demonstration as how it helps protect your inventory.  It also helps if you have a breed that is typically used for that job.

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#3 – Moving Costs

You probably knew that you could deduct the cost to move for your stuff.  However, did you know that you could also deduct the cost for your pets?

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#4 –  Animal Adoption Fees

Animal adoption fees above and beyond the typical adoption fee may be seen as a donation to a nonprofit so you may be able to deduct part of the cost of your new pet!

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#5 – Fostering Animals

If you have any un-reimbursed expenses for fostering a pet for an IRS qualified adoption organization you may be able to deduct them!


#6 – Professional animal

If your pet works in show business they might be tax deductible!  It must be documented, business-related and a reasonable expense.


#7 – Hobby Expense

Any hobby related earnings are taxable income.  However, you may be able to use the hobby’s expenses to offset the hobby earnings.  All expenses must be itemized.


Note:  I am not a professional tax advisor.  Always consult a professional  tax advisor for tax advice.

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