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I live in NY State. I am a County Fire Investigator and am ...

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I live in NY State. I am a County Fire Investigator and am paid a stipend as such ($1,500/yr) I am also an arson dog handler for the same organization. The County technically owns the dog and pays for his food, medical bills, and a car to travel in. I receive $0 for being his handler. However,the dog lives with me 24/7 for the past 7 years. Is there a tax credit due to me for the dog living with me and I being responsible for him since I receive $0 compensation???
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  RD replied 8 years ago.

Since you are reimbursed for all the direct expenses related to the dog, you cannot claim any tax credit for the dog living with you. If some of the expenses had been unreimbursed than you can claim those as unreimbursed employee business expenses. These expenses would be reported on Sch A if you itemized. Also note than only the expenses over 2% of your Adjusted gross income would be included in the itemized deduction.

You can deduct PMI subject to limitations discussed below as itemized deductions. You can also deduct the pro-rated real estate taxes that you have paid on the closing statement. You cannot deduct attorney fees, title insurance or title fees.

Premiums that you pay or accrue for "qualified mortgage insurance" during 2007 in connection with home acquisition debt on your qualified home are deductible as home mortgage interest. The amount you can deduct is reduced by 10% (.10) for every $1,000 ($500 if your filing status is married filing separately) by which your adjusted gross income exceeds $100,000 ($50,000 if your filing status is married filing separately).

Here is a link to various deductions available-


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