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April 30, 2024

Woof-tastic Tax Deduction: Can Your Guard Dog Save You Money?

Mark Sullivan- Per Diem Plus
Mark W. Sullivan, EA
Mark is our transportation industry expert and has nearly two decades of experience advising clients on IRS accountable per diem programs. 

Hey there, tax-savvy pals! Ever wondered if your trusty four-legged friend could actually help you fetch some a tax deduction on your tax return? Well, let's dive into the world of guard dogs and their potential impact on your taxes.

Picture this: your business has that intimidating "Beware Of Dog" sign on the window. Break-ins? Zilch since your Rottweiler moved in. So, can you actually claim a tax deduction for your guard dog's expenses? The IRS might just say yes!


But, as always, standard business deduction rules apply. Your dog's presence and the expenses associated with it must be ordinary and necessary for your line of business. If you can prove that, then the costs of keeping your loyal guardian well-fed, healthy, and trained can be deducted as a legitimate business expense.

Oh, and breed matters, too! Your tax claim gains more credibility if your guard dog is a formidable breed like a German shepherd, Doberman pinscher, or something similarly imposing. Sorry, Chihuahua, but your bark may not cut it for the IRS.

In a nutshell, while you can't exactly claim your dog as a tax deduction (no matter how loyal and fierce they are), you can potentially deduct the expenses associated with their "guard dog" role if you meet all the necessary criteria.

So, there you have it, folks. Guard dogs - not just your business's best friend, but potentially your wallet's best friend too! 🐕💰

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Remember, it's always wise to consult with a tax professional to ensure you're on the right track. Stay pawsitive, and keep those business premises safe! 🐾

Do you need assistance with tax analysis and consulting? Request a free consultation HERE with Mark W. Sullivan, EA

About the author

Mark W. Sullivan, EA founded Sullivan Consulting in 1998 in St. Louis, MO and relocated to Scottsdale, AZ in 2020. He specializes in federal tax controversy representation, appeals and consulting on behalf of individuals, businesses, law, and accounting firms nationwide. In addition, he has served as the consulting and expert witness in numerous civil and criminal cases in multiple federal district courts.

Mark has an unlimited Enrolled Agents license and is admitted to practice before the Internal Revenue Service based on his extensive experience as a Revenue Officer in New York, NY, St. Louis, MO and Washington, D.C..

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