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Does the Tax Court hate cats?

June 03, 2011

Cat fanciers have had a tough time in Tax Court this year. Back in February a West Des Moines taxpayer lost business deductions attributable to her cat-ranching business. Now a California cat lover has lost thousands of dollars of charitable contribuiton deductions for expenses she incurred caring for feral cats after neutering surgery. Kay Bell has the catastrophic details.

The case actually has some lessons, even for us dog fans. If you are going to deduct out-of-pocket expenses for charitable activity of $250 or more, the charity has to acknowledge the expenses in writing the same as for cash contributions. No acknowledgement, no deduction.

Update: maybe this makes it all worth it somehow:

Cite: Van Dusen, 136 T.C. No. 25

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