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5 Dog Related Tax Deduction

December 20, 2018

It’s that time of year again – taxes.

We all try to find as many deductions as we possibly can, hoping for a substantial refund rather than a bill. Did you know there are situations where you can deduct some of your dog-related expenses on your taxes? The terms are pretty specific, but it’s worth looking into when you visit your accountant next month.

  1. Moving

A deduction is allowed when you move from one part of the country to another provided you ship the dog. This deduction is taken on Form 3903 as part of the reasonable moving expenses of the household. Remember, for moving expenses to be allowed a taxpayer must meet the requirements of Form 3903 which include distance, work-related, period, etc.

  1. Working Dogs

  1. Therapy Dogs

Since they are not a service animal, therapy dogs do not qualify for the deductions mentioned above. However, the therapy business may be able to write off mileage as a charitable contribution. This is dependent on the organization’s status with the IRS. If the group you are working with as a therapy team is a registered non-profit, you may qualify.

  1.  Performance Dogs

Dogs used in hobbies such as show dogs or bird hunting may be deductible. If the dog wins prize money in the endeavor than the expenses incurred to train, show, etc., are deductible up to the winnings. To do this, you must be able to file Schedule C.

  1. Fostering or Adoption

Fostering or adopting a dog from a qualified charity may be deductible. If the adoption fee is a donation, it is deductible. However, if it is payment for the dogs care it isn’t.  

It is important to read the invoice from the charity to make sure it says donation. Fostering a dog from a qualified charity is deductible. The deduction includes mileage, food, a portion of utilities and even cleaning supplies.

 

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