Critter Alley

Critter Alley

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Dear Uncle Sam

Thanks to my handy-dandy computer tax program (how did I ever do taxes without it?), my tax returns are completed and electronically filed. Happily, (assuming our state and federal governments remain solvent) I will be getting a refund x 2. In these tough economic times, I count that as a blessing.

In any event, during the listing of my "deductible expenses", I thought about proposed tax reform and realized there's one item no one has mentioned. Where's our deduction for pet care expenses? After all, they are members of the family, and goodness knows between bills for food, grooming, toys (gotta have 'em), leashes, collars, vaccinations, licenses, vet bills, boarding fees, and miscellaneous expenses, they might as well be a dependent!

So let's write to Congress. All in favor of a pet friendly tax break, raise your paw, oops, I mean hand!


The Word Place said...

I personally vote for being able to take an exemption for our pets as if they were our children! Just because they eat dog/cat food instead of baby food. . .and what about the slice of cheese that Lady must have every night after her final walk and before retiring? And her shots? Her haircuts and pedicures? Her flea and tick and heartworm meds?

Anonymous said...

Count me in! I don't have children, but we spend a fortune on our surrogate kid, Barkley spotty-dog!