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3,137 hits Rate me! Share Favorite | Flag 16 years ago by charisma

Do you think you should be able to claim your pets on your taxes each year?


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16 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 2/28/05 - 9:27:10 AM EST (GMT-5)
As what, luxury items?
16 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 2/28/05 - 10:20:48 AM EST (GMT-5)
Oh snap, that would be awesome.

16 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 2/28/05 - 10:22:53 AM EST (GMT-5)
Maybe dependants.
Except for cats.
16 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Wednesday 3/2/05 - 5:55:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
Pets aren't necessary, so therefore they really can't be a dependent.
16 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Wednesday 3/2/05 - 6:02:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
ummmmmm no!!
16 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Wednesday 3/2/05 - 6:03:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
No way
16 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Thursday 3/3/05 - 4:18:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
"Pets aren't necessary, so therefore they really can't be a dependent."

Neither are children, so I don't know that that logic holds up very well.

16 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Thursday 3/3/05 - 4:27:42 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes that would be awesome, I would get a bunch of fish and be like I have 23 dependent.
16 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 3/7/05 - 8:57:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes! As a luxury item. The vet bills can be quite expencive. Then there is the required shots and license. Pft, pets are not necessary? Some people can't have kids, so we have pets to give all that extra love to.
16 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 3/7/05 - 9:01:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'd say only if they were adopted through a shelter or some kind of rescue group, but not if you bought the dog from a pet shop/breeder/etc.
16 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 3/7/05 - 9:03:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
no, that could result in so much animal abuse and neglect if for example someone chose to get 5 dogs just to save on taxes.
16 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 3/7/05 - 9:05:05 PM EST (GMT-5)
The same argument could be made for being able to claim children on your taxes...

It's not like you would actually get back as much as you have to spend on the dog each year...just like with a child...

16 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 3/7/05 - 9:07:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
well im not arguing in defence of claiming children on taxes am I.
16 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 3/7/05 - 10:17:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, they're apart of my family and I spend money on food and litter and all sorts of things for them so yea.
16 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Tuesday 3/8/05 - 7:47:59 AM EST (GMT-5)
We can't have pets but I do have mice in the walls (thanks to the nabors) can I claim them?
16 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Tuesday 3/8/05 - 10:46:46 AM EST (GMT-5)
"They're apart of my family and I spend money" blah blah blah... you people are so dumb.

Your pets aren't going to grow up and become productive members of society. They're just furry little critters that eventually die and contribute nothing to society beyond the thriving pet-food-and-supply industry that so many people think is such a necessity.

Animals aren't people. Just because you waste money on your stupid cats doesn't mean you've made a meaningful contribution to the country's future.

16 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Tuesday 3/8/05 - 1:55:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
That dog looks possessed.
16 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Tuesday 3/8/05 - 4:40:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
^It's kujo!
Seriously, i don't see anything wrong with claiming a pet as a dependant. as catchall noted, pets aren't "necessary", but neither are kids. There would have to be a limit of some kind though, or a hierarchy so that you couldn't get a huge fish tank with 300 goldfish just to dodge taxes. Maybe, say, up to a 50 gallon aquarium counts as 1 dependant, a dog or cat counts as 1 (max based on your city's laws), hamsters & mice as 1/2, or something like that...
16 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Tuesday 3/8/05 - 5:39:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
"The same argument could be made for being able to claim children on your taxes..." and that happens. i'v herd (secondhand)of 12 yr old girls wanting children for the welfare money.
16 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Tuesday 3/8/05 - 5:40:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
"Your pets aren't going to grow up and become productive members of society. They're just furry little critters that eventually die and contribute nothing to society beyond the thriving pet-food-and-supply industry that so many people think is such a necessity." like republicans, exept not furry!
16 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Wednesday 3/9/05 - 3:42:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
You're right southFL, because most worthless scum sitting in their moon chair eating chips and smoking pot that they bought using welfare money that I provided them by working my ass of, those are all republicans, riiiiight.
16 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Wednesday 3/9/05 - 3:43:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
that would be nice but i don't think the feds would go for that... pets are something you can give away or give to a shelter, unlike children (dependants), if you are normal.
16 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Wednesday 3/9/05 - 4:36:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
yes, but not as a luxury item. *spanks* i think that at least their medical care should be tax deductable. or at least a percentage of it. because, like children, if you don't take good care of your pets - and someone finds out - you will be prosecuted & fined.

as for pets not being active productive members of society - i don't agree with that. my kitties are a definite part of my good mental health - and that's just by being cute. imagine if they had opposable thumbs!

16 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Wednesday 3/9/05 - 4:41:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
Absolutely not.
That would only lead to moare government red tape. Cats would have to be registered with the government, along with fish, gerbils, any pet. Then there would have to be a new department created to check up on all these people claiming pets on their tax returns. It is just a stupid idea.
16 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Wednesday 3/9/05 - 5:06:47 PM EST (GMT-5)
Interestingly enough, I found out that in my county you aren't the owner of a dog, you're it's legal gaurdian. I'm not sure that anyone has looked into expoiting this for tax purposes yet.

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