The HAPPY ACT (very aptly named too!) (H.R. 3501) was recently introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives by Representative Thaddeus McCotter, a Republican from Michigan and referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means. If this bill is approved, this act would amend the Internal Revenue Code to allow an individual to deduct up to $3,500 for “qualified pet care expenses.” See why it’s called the Happy Act now don’t you? Some pet owners are grinning like a Happy Meal. This would allow pet owning taxpayers to claim routine pet care expenses such as veterinary visits on their tax returns. . Qualifying Pets would be those who are legally owned, domesticated live animals.” The measure does not encompass animals that are utilized in a professional or working capacity or animals that are used for research.
As a pet owner, I’ve long been advocating for something like this, albeit, usually to my dog, Bandit after he’s gone through another one of his bags of dog food. “The way you eat I should claim you as a dependent on my taxes!” I’m also not the only pet owner that has ever thought that with a straight face either, so you all can stop thinking “he ought to be ashamed of himself”
Anyway I see this bill as being beneficial to non pet owners as well. (About right now I’ve got a lot pet less people out there with folded arms scowls thinking “I got to hear this”). But hear me out before you bail out of this post.
Number one. It will result in fewer abandoned pets. Especially as some pet owners struggle through these challenging economic times and often times find they can no longer afford Fido or Fluffy and abandon them. Just like the uninsured American, abandoned pets ultimately wind up siphoning out of your wallet. Whether it’s running loose wreaking havoc and personal damage in your neighborhoods, or the abandoned population growing by leaps and bounds demanding an increase state and federal funded control agencies, the cost will come a knocking at your door Mr. & Ms Taxpayer, palms open and tails wagging.
Number two. The bill, if passed, will unequivocally encourage pet ownership which in turn will create businesses that create…..come on yall….come on..JOBS!!! (The folded arm bunch are starting to come around, they’re grumbling, but they’re coming)
Number three. Disease by dog or cat will surely diminish as more pet owners will receive some sort of stipend to offset these astronomical vet bills. Fido gets his vaccinations and when he drools in your scotch and soda, you have no worries. The ASPCA estimates yearly veterinary expenses for one adult cat can run close to $700. And don’t get me started with the dog bill. And if the animal has underlying issues, well the ASPCA aren’t going to tell you that estimate for fear they’ll have quite a few animals suddenly being dropped off, more than likely from Johnny come lately pet owners that didn’t realize animals need doctors too.
So, I see this measure as being a good one for all involved, especially our animal friends. Now Bandit can get that face lift he’s needed (What??? The measure doesn’t cover dog plastic surgery? What about a dog tummy tuck? No? How about dog breast enhancement?) ” No Bandit, the last one is not for you”
“Why is Bandit calling the PETA people?” I’m just asking these things so I can keep my readers informed. Hey look yall, on the serious tip, my phone is ringing, the caller ID is flashing PETA, Uh-oh, this last paragraph might have did it for me, and I don’t have any children here that can answer and lie “Daddy’s not home” If you all don’t see any activity in The Factor for a couple days, hold on to your spare change. I might need a get out of PETA Fund.
More on the HAPPY ACT as it progresses. .
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If you liked this post you may also like Bandit’s Letter To God at :https://geogee.wordpress.com/2009/10/30/a-letter-to-god-from-my-dog-bandit/
Also check out Bandit on prejudicehttps://geogee.wordpress.com/2009/10/26/bandit-my-dog-on-prejudice-and-injustice/
“Who in t hell taught this dog how to dial a phone????????”
Bandit is to be given an encore for being a good sport and letting me tape all that money on him for the photo used in this post.