If you have pets, chances are that you have wished you could claim them as dependents or deducted their vet bills. As April 15 approaches, I’ve found myself wishing that I could charge the IRS for hours I spend toiling over a mound of paperwork that goes into my tax returns. Maybe you can’t deduct those things, but here is my top five list of crazy but real tax deductions (Turbotax has verified that these are legit.)
5. Dogs. It turns out there are some special circumstances where you actually can deduct pet expenses. If you are relocating for a new job and deducting those moving expenses, you can include the expense associated with moving your pets. Plus, if you are a business owner and have a dog that you use to protect your property, you may be able to deduct some of the dog’s expenses. I’m not sure my Yorkie would count, but he should. Don’t judge him by his size.