Tax deductions for psychiatric service dogs?

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Barked: Mon Apr 1, '13 8:47pm PST 
Now that the ADA has recognized PSDs as service dogs, can they and the money you spend for their care be a tax deduction? I am thinking that it would be under medical expenses not reimbursed.

Any advice will be appreciated!


Barked: Tue Apr 2, '13 6:54am PST 
It's my understanding that the costs for any service dog can be deducted like any other medical expense.
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Barked: Tue Apr 2, '13 7:11am PST 
I think you can only do it, if you have a mobility or guide dog...but I could be wrong. I know I read it somewhere, I'm guessing the IRS website. I'll look around again & see if I can find it.


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Barked: Tue Apr 2, '13 9:09am PST 
From what I can understand off the IRS website it covers any service dog. Your best bet is to consult a tax professional about this though, they are able to give you the most accurate information.

Barked: Tue Apr 2, '13 2:28pm PST 
Here's a link to the IRS site: http://www.irs.gov/publications/p502/ar02.html#en_US_2012_publink100 0178936

Unfortunately, it looks like it only applies to dogs for people with visual impairments, hearing impairments, and physical disabilities. I wonder why they don't include those with psychiatric disabilities?