While many organizations charge more than $15,000 to acquire a service dog, this can prove to be a hefty deduction.
When you add up the estimated $1000 or so, per year just for upkeep of a service animal, this can be a great deduction also.
Here is what the IRS says in their 2011 Medical and Dental Expenses Publication 502:
Guide Dog or Other Service Animal—
You can include in medical expenses the costs of buying, training, and maintaining a guide dog or other service animal to assist a visually impaired or hearing-impaired person, or a person with other physical disabilities. This includes any costs, such as food, grooming, and veterinary care, incurred in maintaining the health and vitality of the service animal so that it may perform its duties.
To read exactly what the IRS has to say about service dogs, you can visit their website HERE
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