December 28, 2003 in Choo-Choo

Heading Back to Work

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I go back to work tomorrow. I’m so not ready. Choo-Choo needs me at home. I like being at home. Speaking of Choo-Choo, I need to figure out how I can start claiming him on my tax return. I looked at my most recent pay stub and noticed that I’ve paid more in taxes this year than I made during my first year out of college. Something is just not right with that. I’m all for paying my fair share, but single people get screwed so I need some dependents. And now really, why can’t I claim my cat? He’s like a child that never grows up. He is dependent on me to provide food and shelter. Heck, my apartment complex charges me extra rent to have a cat. That all adds up when you throw in medical care, grooming, treats, etc. Well, it’s just an idea.


  1. December 29, 2003 at 10:15 pm


    Heh, I wish I could claim my two cats. And I hear ya about the deposit/pet rent deal. It’s stupid and nothing but pure profit for the landlord. There should be either a refundable deposit OR pet rent, but not both. That’s just wrong.

  2. December 29, 2003 at 5:20 pm


    Yeah Kat, how did your aunt manage to pull that off? Don’t you need a valid social security number for each dependent?

  3. December 29, 2003 at 10:08 am


    Oops, I meant to add:
    I said all that to say also that I agree that pets should be allowed as dependents on tax returns.
    If anyone dares scream, “You CHOSE to have that pet”…might I remind them they also CHOSE to have their kid?
    I’m being less of a burden on society by sticking to animals and I should be rewarded. In fact, we should be rewarded for rescuing animals from the pound…like a time frame deal.
    Say you adopt a pet from the pound, you still have said pet 5 years later, the government gives you a fat check. did your aunt never get caught claiming a dog on her income tax?

  4. December 29, 2003 at 10:05 am


    Yep, extra rent and extra deposit, most of it non-refundable.
    I have three cats and there is no way I tell them of all three of them. I’ll admit to one and sneak the other two in. Some may say that is dishonest but I think the landlords who charge $200-300 deposit per animal plus $20-50 extra rent a month per animal are the real criminals.
    If you lived there a year, you would be paying an additional $440-900. No cat does that much damage.
    If the cat is quiet, I wouldn’t tell the landlord. What they don’t know don’t hurt ’em.

  5. December 28, 2003 at 9:32 pm


    extra rent for your cat? that’s highway robbery. what the heck is a cat going to do. you didn’t even have to tell them. who would have known? it’s not like he’s a doberman. speaking of dogs, my aunt use to claim hers. i forgot his name; it was a man’s name though something like jake. jake trent was on each and every one of her tax returns for 10 years.
    i thought choo-choo was a girl. oops. how long did it take for him to stop turning his back on you?

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