claimed on tax under certain circumstances. In the past, some owners have tried claiming their dog-related expenses
unlawfully, but those who use dogs at work, such as in security or for pest control, may be eligible to claim some the
associated expenses such as food, vaccinations, and other veterinary bills. Dogs NSW believes increasing tax
deductions for dog-related expenses could be an effective way to improve morale and reduce stress in workplaces.
There are a number of ways which dogs can be worked into tax returns. If a dog has been used at work for security or
pest-control purposes, their food, vaccinations and other veterinary bills can be deducted from the gross income.
“Lots of people who work with dogs are entitled to claim back their dog-related expenses. Guard dogs are part
deductible, including for people who use a watchdog at their home office. Tradesman that work with a dog in their ute
can also part claim their companion. This is just one of many great incentives to get dogs involved in your workplace.”,
says veterinarian and Dogs NSW spokesperson Dr Peter Higgins
“I’ve heard of a lot of strange dog-related deductions during my time as a vet. I remember a man who tried to claim
food for his ‘home security system.’ One lady tried to claim her dog related expenses as for a ‘dependant’.”, jokesDr
“I must say though that it is a real shame how many people treat their dogs as members of their family, but can’t claim
expenses for being a responsible owner and bringing a well socialised dog into the community.”, believesDr Higgins.
While the cost of dog adoption is not usually able to be claimed, additional donations to the shelter or organisation
from where the dog was adopted above the adoption fee are classed as a ‘charitable donation’ an as such as tax
deductible, as long as the organisation is an ATO registered DGR (Direct Gift Recipient).
“Dogs are such intelligent and versatile animals. I see them less as a luxury, and more as important members of our
community, providing help and companionship to a variety of people, from kids and families to farmers and soldiers.”,
“I think that there is definitely view to use dogs more in workplaces. Businesses will often take their important contacts
and clients out for the night on the business credit card, all of which are claimable as ‘business expenses.’ Alcohol
and food make up a large percentage of the bill.”
“Given that dog owners are scientifically proven to be more sociable and happy people, doesn’t it make a sound
business decision to get an office dog and take it for walks during business chats? Workers will get a chance to boost
their health by getting out of the office and getting some exercise during the day while cutting back on excessive eating
and drinking in the evening. Dogs are proven to make a more productive, happy, and potentially healthy workplace.”,
“I think there is definitely view to increase the scope of tax deductions for dog-related expenses in some
circumstances. Certain breeds can be a positive force in the workplace and calm nerves in high-stress environments,
so why shouldn’t they be able to be claimed as a health benefit? Of course anyone looking at these types of
deductions should always consult with their Accountant before making any tax related decisions.”, advisesDr Higgins.
“As for the home security system? Some people are always willing to claim anything once.”, laughsDr Higgins.
Tomas Ganderton or Dr Peter Higgins
0401 927 653 or 0410 67 63 65
Dogs NSW is located at:
The Bill Spilstead Complex for Canine Affairs,
44 Luddenham Road,