A bill in Congress would let owners deduct the costs of pet care. The Tax Court has ruled in favor of a charitable deduction for foster cats, but there are no breaks for pets so far.
However President Obama's proposed tax on millionaires is estimated, it's small compared with the federal budget deficit.
You can claim a tax credit of up to $13,360 this year for adopting a child, but you have to document expenses and file a paper return.
States are competing to provide the best tax environment for retirees. But that generosity could cost all the taxpayers later.
The Million Mustache March in support of the STACHE Act and a $250 tax deduction is all in good fun, but it does point up some absurdities in the tax code.
Conservatives say the agency is asking for too much documentation, but officials say they are just trying to weed out ineligible groups.
A number of major tax breaks expire at the end of the year. With an election looming, it's hard to know whether any will be extended.
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