Tax Breaks for Pet Owners
Animal shelters across the country have reported a sharp surge in abandoned animals, many cut loose b owners who can no longer afford to care for them. Now, Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (Republican - Michigan) has introduced a bill that would use the federal tax code to help.
The Humanity and Pets Partnered Through the Years (HAPPY) Act would allow pet ownders to deduct the cost of food, veterinary care, and other pet-related expenses from their income taxes - up to $3500 per year. McCotter says the bill would provide tax relief for pet owners while at the same time strengthening "the human-animal" bond.
Leo Grillo, an animal-rights activist, says a tax break for the 60% of AMericans who own petw will help keep pets in the home, where they contribute to the emotional well-being of families. "If Americans are happy and emotionally stable, they are going to be more productive, and that helps the economy," he says, adding that the bill also could ease the cost of local animal control services.
William Ahern, director of policy and communications at the Tax Foundation, says the tax code should not be used to make people "happy". He adds, "It's just another snow flake in the blizzard of unjustifable tax deductions, exemptions, and credits that congressmen propose to curry favor witha particular group of voters."
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