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Tax Deductions for Pet-Care Expenses Proposed

Pet-care expenses would be tax  deductible under a new measure introduced by U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.).

Posted: Wednesday, August  5, 2009, 3:21 p.m., EDT

Tax Deductions for Pet-Care Expenses ProposedHouse Resolution 3501, commonly referred to as the Humanity and Pets Partnered Through the Years, or HAPPY Act, would amend the Internal Revenue Code to allow an individual to deduct up to $3,500 for “qualified pet care expenses.”

“Qualified pet care expenses” is defined as “amounts paid in connection with providing care (including veterinary care) for a qualified pet other than any expense in connection with the acquisition of the qualified pet.”

“Qualified pet” is defined as “a legally owned, domesticated, live animal.” It does not include animals used for research or owned  or used in conjunction with a trade or business.

The  act would not  apply for a person who deducted expenses under IRC sections 162 (ordinary and necessary expenses) and 213 (diagnostic and similar procedures, medical devices and other medical expenses not covered by insurance) during the preceding three taxable years.

The measure, introduced on July 31, was drafted in conjunction with data from the American Pet Products Association’s National Pet Owners Survey. It has been referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) issued a Pet Alert on Aug. 5 supporting the proposal.

“Providing pet owners the opportunity to deduct pet care expenses is an important step towards ensuring that pet owners provide adequate veterinary and other necessary pet care,” PIJAC stated. “It encourages responsible pet ownership and will hopefully reduce the abandonment of pets by people struggling as a result of the economic downturn.”

Click here to view H.R. 3501. <HOME>


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I am all for this. I don't mind the expense of everyday care even though it is adding up to a lot. However, when I have to board my animals at the cost of $50 per day or higher in order to travel for business I tend to resent the need to travel.
Denise, Greer, SC
Posted: 3/1/2011 8:31:14 AM
I want the amendment passed...thank you...later we can address the"feral" pet issue
wayne, greenwood, VA
Posted: 2/3/2011 10:22:31 AM
Yes I would agree that this would help all the pet owners but as mentioned previously it will benefit the animals as well. I hope it gets passed.
Cathie, Lake Worth, FL
Posted: 1/29/2011 2:15:34 PM
With all of America losing their homes/jobs and having to abandon their pets, the overloading of shelters, the lack of funds to save/care for them and the fees/laws imposed on those of us who care and are reaching out to these inhabitants of this earth who deserve to be here, why have we not passed some ckind of law giving us some of relief? This would assist the government in funding the care needed, create more veterinary jobs, help the local shelter programs and, most importantly, save the lives of these wonderful creatures.
Clarisse, Van Nuys, CA
Posted: 1/2/2011 12:27:57 PM
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