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It’s Caviar for Dinner Tonight Fido; Pet Guardians May Get Tax Cuts

In Animal News on January 25, 2010 at 9:53 pm

Tax Cuts..YUM!

Keep your paws crossed that pending House Bill 3501 is passed this year. The Humanity and Pets Partnered Through the Years (HAPPY) Act would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a deduction for pet care expenses.

Representative Thaddeus G. McCotter R-Mich. proposed the bill, which states that every pet owner can deduct a maximum of $3,500 for pet expenses throughout the year. This bill was written in light of the 2007-2008 National Pet Owners Survey, which showed that 63% of U.S. households have a pet. The survey also emphasized the importance of the human-animal bond, which has a positive effect upon people’s emotional and physical well-being (I’ll say!).

Under Happy Act, food and veterinary expenses will be covered. Happy Act will not cover the cost to purchase or adopt an animal. Also, one must have a qualified pet in order to deduct pet expenses. A qualified pet is a legally owned, domesticated, live animal.

Happy Act was referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means July 31, 2009 and should be voted on soon. Despite a large outpouring of support for this bill, there is a heated debate brewing as some think Happy Act will give out money America doesn’t have and will financially support animal abusers and dangerous pets. No matter what your opinion, join the debate and let your representative know where you stand! –Sarah Hyde

  1. I think the bill is right and just. There are many elderly and disabled that depend on the support and conpanionship of a beloved pet. Bring a dog or small pet to a nursing home or hospital and see the eyes of the lonely or sick light up. I have seen goverment monies spent alot more stupidly! And you can almost bet if you asked a vets office if they have a discount for disabled or seniors they will say no. Come on give us a break plezzz-after all dog spelt backwards is. God! Thank you

  2. Even though there are alot of insane people that shouldn’t have animals, I think it’s an awesome idea! I worked at a pet supply store when the recession had many people being fired, and alot of people were having problems feeding themselves let alone their pets. Many pets ended up in shelters because the owners were now unemployed, and I even had a customer who had to choose between feeding herself a can of food or her cat.
    I’ve been unemployed since the end of July, and have 2 cats and a saint bernard. I would hate to give them up, but once unemployement runs out it’s gonna get alot harder to feed them and take them to the vet. Hopefully I’ll be able to either find a job, or get some freelance work doing photos before then.

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