August 23, 2009

Whaaaa ...?

The Humanity and Pets Partnered Through the Years (HAPPY) Act (H.R. 3501) was just introduced in the U.S. House. It's purpose?

The Act would amend the Internal Revenue Code to allow an individual to deduct up to $3,500 for "qualified pet care expenses" - including veterinary care - for a legally owned, domesticated, live animal.

As you, your family members or your neighbors may be trimming budgets to make ends meet, innocent animals should not have to go without adequate care! Even a small tax deduction for responsible pet owners will go a long way to meet the needs of companion animals, ease the tax burden of those who own a pet (63 percent of all households) and may even encourage more people to provide loving homes to the countless animals filling America's shelters.

Y'know, what the hell. Anything that reduces Americans' ridiculous tax burden is OK by me!

(Thanks to Paul Falkowski for the tip!)

Posted by Hube at August 23, 2009 04:35 PM | TrackBack

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I love my dog, and if this went throught, I'd love her even more! Vet bills are insane!

Posted by: cardinals fan at August 23, 2009 08:21 PM

I don't think this idea is feasible like I raise 3 fish and you a dog, do we receive the same tax advantages? How to verify the ownership of the pet? What can be accounted as a pet?

Posted by: Benny Jobangebote at August 26, 2009 09:03 AM

if this passes, I'm buying a dead paraket and a cage.

If the IRS shows up to check on my deduction... "honest officer he was alive and singing when I left for work"

Posted by: anonni at August 30, 2009 02:42 PM