Can I deduct the cost of my pet sitter when I travel for work?

April 09, 2014 by Dave Du Val, EA
dog sitting on green chair

Hey Dave,

I travel for a living and my company knows I have pets. I have to have them kenneled when I am traveling for work.  Can I expense the cost of the kennel stay?

Laura

 

Laura,

As an avid animal lover, I wish the answer was more in line with what you would like to hear.  The short answer is, unfortunately, “no.”  The IRS and court system would consider this a “personal expense” even if the entire trip was for business.

Deductibly Yours,

Dave
 

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