August 17, 2009
Congressman Thaddeus McCotter of Michigan (http://mccotter.house.gov/HoR/MI11/Home/) has introduced a new act called the HAPPY Act - The Humanity and Pets Partnered Through The Years act (http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:H.R.3501).
Based on the fact that more than 60% of households have pets, and because those pets contribute to our well-being, this bill, if passed, would allow pet owners to take a tax decuctible for up to $3500 in pet care expenses. The wording on the bill states that…
qualified pet care expenses means amounts paid in connection with providing care (including veterinary care) for a qualified pet other than any expense in connection with the acquisition of the qualified pet.
The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (http://www.pijac.org/_documents/us_hr_3501_happy_act.pdf) is asking people to contact their representative and encourage them to consider the bill favorably. See their website to read more, including information on how to contact your representative.
Thanks to PetSit USA for providing the above information.