by (Livin' La Vida) Mocha
If 17-year old Courtney Flynn of Danville,
CA gets her way, Californians will get a tax break for
State income tax payers might be
told as early as January 2002 they can deduct veterinary
expenses incurred during the entire first year of owning
a pet, provided they adopt it from an animal shelter or
nonprofit animal welfare organization.
The law under consideration in the CA Assembly would
allow deductions for vaccinations and potentially
expensive treatments for illness in the first year. All
would be treated as charitable deductions. The move could
save Californians $300,000 a year on their state income
taxes, according to the bill.
Forlorn animals at a pet adoption center where Flynn
volunteered inspired the bill, sponsored by Assemblywoman
Lynne Leach, a Republican from Walnut Creek. Flynn won
Leach's second annual "There Ought To Be A Law"
essay contest for high school students. Not only did the
teen see her idea become a propsed law (Assembly Bill
373), she also traveled to the state Capitol in May 2001
to testify on its behalf.
"I would like
to help more animals get adopted", Flynn wrote in
her essay, adding that her propsed law "would allow
many more people to adopt and keep animals. Over 50
percent of the animals adopted from a shelter are
returned, and this is probably often due to the expense
of the animal, because I can guarantee you that the
majority of these animals are not mean."
CA State Senator Ed Vincent, a Democrat from Englewood,
has proposed another tax break for Golden State pet
owners. His bill would provide a credit of up to $100 for
spaying and neutering pets adopted or purchased from
breeders, pet stores, and shelters between January 1,
2001, and January 1, 2006. The move would save
Californians $7 million annually.
For the latest information on pet tax breaks, visit www.leginfo.ca.gov
Reference: Cat Fancy Magazine, September