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Claiming Service Animals as a Medical Expense


Your dog may be your best friend and can now contribute to reducing the your income tax payable!


The medical expense tax credit is being expanded. If you’re filing a tax return for someone who requires an animal specially trained to perform tasks to help them cope with an impairment, then you’ll be able to claim it as a medical expense (if it was incurred after 2017). For example, you could claim the expense for a dog trained to help an individual with post-traumatic stress disorder, along with associated expenses like the food and cage for the animal.




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