If I pay a vet bill for a cat who is being fostered by a 501(C)(3) I
can deduct it on my taxes.  The 501(c)(3) doesn't need to be there, to
my knowledge.  They can give me a receipt stating I paid the bill.  A
lot of times rescues have standing accounts set up at vets offices and
you can pay bills for them.  This is the same AFAIK as buying food and
donating it to them.  By the way your food and litter for your foster
animals are also tax deductible.  You just have to keep it separated
from your personal animals.  I estimate this by percentages.  So if I
have 1 personal cat and 2 foster cats, I write off 2/3 of my food and
litter costs.

On Feb 2, 2008 11:33 PM, Lora <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> Kelly,
> Thanks for the quick response.
> Well, shoot! I am not a 501(c)(3). Darn, I thought I
> was onto something.
> Just curious, what do you mean when you pay a vet bill
> you need to get a receipt from the 501(c)(3).
> How do you get a receipt from the 501(c)(3)? They were
> not there at the vet's office at the time of billing.
> How can they give a receipt for something they did not
> charge?
> --- Kelley Saveika <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> If you are doing the rescue work for a recognized
> 501(c)(3) it is tax deductible.
> This is one of many good reasons to form a 501(c)(3)
> IMHO. Some have a different opinion. Other benefits
> are increased donations, possibility for grants, etc.
> If you are doing it on your own then no, I'm afraid
> it is not tax deductible.
> The IRS has gotten more strict this year also - so
> when you pay a vet bill you need to get a receipt from
> the 501(c)(3).
> If you have any more questions I'll be happy to try
> to answer them, but I'm not a CPA or anything.
> --- Lora wrote:
> I was in the Harp's Pets (a pet shop here in
> Evansville, IN) picking up some Sugar Glider nectar
> that I had ordered the week before, when the cashier
> asked me if I bred.
> I told her heck no! I do sugar glider and cat/kitten
> rescue work.
> She commenced to telling me that rescue work is tax
> deductible.
> No way? Really?
> She says so.
> Anyone know anything about this?
> I am the queen of paper, so providing receipts for
> spay/neuter operation, dentials, vaccinations, blood
> work-ups & panels, veterinarian over-the-counter
> medications e.g. antibiotic, flea/tick topical
> repellent (Revloution), food, litter, equipment,
> accessories, etc. can be proven.
> I can itemize if need be. Not exactly sure HOW to do
> that.
> The rescue work tax deduction that the cashier was
> referring to is not the 501(c)(3) Non Profit Code is
> it?
> Rescue work is not categorized the same as Non Profit
> is it? I thought the were two (2) separate entities.
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