You Fostered a Pet? You Can Claim a Tax deduction. Having your dog actually do your taxes is not recommended.Love the idea of fostering a cat or a dog, yet fear the expenses? The good news is that each cat and dog that you foster can be a tax deduction.
Jan Elizabeth Van Dusen sued the commissioner of the IRS over “unreimbursed volunteer expenses while caring for foster cats in her private residence.”
She was reimbursed for pet food, pet supplies, and veterinary bills. If you foster cats or dogs, you can deduct these expenses too. You just have to show proof that you are fostering through a qualified 501(c)(3) organization. In some cases you may even be able to claim a portion of your utility bill if your foster operation is large. You can also deduct 14 cents per mile for trips made solely for the organization.
Michele C. Hollow writes about pets and wildlife for parade.com, Family Circle, dogtime.com, and other publications. Her blog, Pet News and Views, covers animal welfare. She is the author of The Everything Guide to Working with Animals. You can connect with her on Twitter @michelechollow.