Wednesday, March 30, 2011

claiming a dog as a dependent on tax forms--- shouldn't that be allowed in certain cases?

Ok, I know that dogs and other pets can't be claimed as dependents on tax forms, other than perhaps seeing-eye dogs. But wouldn't it be nice if senior citizens could claim their dogs as dependents?

If that person should become ill, he or she could get the dog to bring something or run to a neighbor's house for help. At the very least, the dog would probably have raised a racket by barking. At the same time, the dog would be a constant companion, easing that person's loneliness. It would be a win-win situation, especially if no relatives lived nearby or that person had no family left, period. Being able to claim his or her dog would be nice.

The government would probably argue that the dog is not a human, and it is therefore ineligible to be claimed.

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