Some pet-related expenses are allowed on tax returns - do yours qualify?
But in 2011, you'll remember that I wrote about proposed legislation with regard to allowing some deductions in one state, and here in Michigan, the HAPPY Act was put on the table
Despite any snickers from those who scoff at the notion, there are some instances where tax deductions are allowable if you have a dog.
As noted on Dogster, if the status of your pooch falls in a certain category, the government might just cut you a bit of a break.
Pets in transition
Two instances may apply to many households and really don't seem that outlandish.
Fostering a pet is a rewarding way to help impact the issue of homeless pets. They get a chance to be in a stable home environment — and in some cases, better socialized — and as a result their chances of being rehomed are higher. Those who foster pets in their home may be able to deduct the costs associated with their care, like food, vet care and more.
Adoption is a common way to welcome a pet to the family, and some fees related to the adoption may be deductible.
Not-so-common instances that may apply
You might be interested to know that there are other cases might be the case in a smaller part of the population.
Service dogs serve many in our midst, and, as I've written about in the past, the fees associated with training and purchase of these animals doesn't come cheap. These expenses may be deductible, because they serve a medical need.
Those who have pets who are in the entertainment industry may be eligible to deduct some the related business expenses on yearly returns.
Other situations can qualify a household to use the expenses related to their animals. For more on that, click here.
As always, consult a qualified tax professional to verify whether any specific expense is deductible.