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Farmers may be able to claim canine costs at tax time

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Those working in the agriculture industry may now be able to claim costs associated with their work dogs at tax time.

There are many situations where a dog is a handy work asset, such as guarding tools, equipment and vehicles, and now expenses associated with the upkeep of a canine companion can be partly claimed as legitimate work costs.

The food, vaccinations, and veterinary bills for a dog that is used as security or pest control at a work site can be partly claimed as deductions from the gross income.

“Many people who work with dogs are entitled to claim back their dog-related expenses," says veterinarian and Dogs NSW spokesman, Dr Peter Higgins.

"Guard dogs are part deductible, including for people who use a watchdog at their home office. A tradesman who works with a dog in his ute can also partly claim his companion," he adds.

Dogs NSW recommends that people seek advice from a qualified tax consultant before claiming deductions for dog related activities.

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