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PLEASE don't shoot the messenger here, but OWNED pets for this purposes (being required to travel for work or business) are generally not deductible; ... You can deduct most pet care expenses for formally fostered pets ... If you dedicate a specific portion of your home to caring for fostered pets for a nonprofit organization, some of your living expenses may be deductible. ... But again, In general, you can not claim a tax deduction for a pet that you own, even if that pet was rescued through a nonprofit. Once a pet is no longer in the possession of a nonprofit, you are not technically donating to the nonprofit by caring for the animal. The IRS would generally consider it fraudulent to deduct care expenses for a pet that you own.
...Except in special circumstances. It is possible to deduct care expenses for owned pets if you yourself operate a nonprofit organization. But beware: simply having a lot of rescued pets does not qualify you as a nonprofit. You must gain full nonprofit accreditation to be able to claim the expenses for your pets.
Here's a great article on this http://voices.yahoo.com/how-claim-pet-care-as-tax-deduction-11038884.html?cat=53
Ok, thank you. I was not sure if he was able to use this as a business deduction since he is unable to get out of going to this work meeting.
Sorry, hopefully having all the facts will help ya "see around some corners ... just for documsntation, here's another article
While you may consider your pet to be one of your children, the IRS disagrees. You cannot claim your pet as a deduction for tax purposes, and, except for special rules for service animals for the disabled, you cannot deduct pet expenses on your income tax returns. Although, as a pet owner, you may incur extra costs for your pet when you travel for business, you cannot include those costs as business expenses for tax purposes.
Ok great thanks!
Woops sorry... here's the entire piece: http://smallbusiness.chron.com/tax-deduction-pet-care-travel-business-expense-62920.htm
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