2019 Tax Filing Income Tax Exemptions for Pet Veterinary Care & Medicines

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Lauren Greenwood
Lauren Greenwood signed this petition

Every year pets are euthanized because their owners can't afford medical care. 

Every year pets go without needed vaccines, checkups or other medical needs due to cost.

Veterinary care and medications, and pet insurance premiums, should be deductible. This cost offset which would help get pet owners a refund, or enabling an "HSA" or Flex fund for veterinary care would also help ensure 2 and 4 legged family stay together and pets get the veterinary care they require.

Last year my dog needed cancer treatments and surgery. The total cost was over $9,000. I could not deduct a penny of that as part of medical expenses.

Pets are as much a dependent as any other recognized dependent.

This change in tax laws would not only help 2 and 4 legged families stay together in tough economic times, but also boost foster and adoption of pets from animal shelters and rescues, especially the older cats and dogs that have more medical needs. And, the special needs cats and dogs that require recurring care.

I have written the IRS for years as well as my Senators and Representatives to no avail. I am hoping the power of a petition will convince them this is important enough to pass a law making this a legal tax exemption.