Can Fido help you save money on your taxes? – The Leader


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Dear Tabby,We got a dog this year and were wondering if there are any tax deductions that we can claim as new pet owners?Tax Savvy in Shepherd Park PlazaDear Tax Savvy,Tax season is upon us and this proves to be the time of the year that people get creative trying to find ways to reduce their tax bill. Your question was one that I’ve never been asked, so I did a little digging to see what I could find out.While our pets really do feel like our children, unfortunately, according to the IRS, they’re not considered dependents. But there actually are a few ways that pets can give you a “leg up” on your taxes. Here are some of the most reasonable: Donations to animal sheltersWhile the actual adoption fee for adopting a pet isn’t deductible, donations made on top of the regular adoption fees are deductible. According to the IRS, only donations made where no goods or services are received are considered deductible, so make sure that you ask for a receipt stating that no goods or services were exchanged from your favorite nonprofit pet charity.Fostering petsIf you are fostering pets from an approved pet charity organization, you can deduct pet expenses incurred from fostering on your taxes. Items that would be considered eligible are vet bills, food, medicine and even some cleaning supplies.Moving with petsAccording to the financial publisher, Kiplinger, if you moved during the tax year and incurred expenses related to the transport of your pet, it is possible that you can deduct those moving expenses–hopefully you saved your receipts!Service and therapy dogsIRS Publication 502 states that you may include in your medical expenses the cost of purchasing, training and maintaining a service animal for people with physical impairments (such as visually impaired, hearing impaired or other physical limitations).While you might not fall into any of the above categories this year to claim any deductions, it’s a good idea to keep these in mind for the future. It would also be great to think about fostering or identifying a pet charity to donate to next year to make sure that you take advantage of those deductions. Pet charities need all of the help that they can get and your help would be so appreciated.Do you have a question for Tabby? Email her at [email protected] of the Week

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