In many states, pets are considered to be a taxable service of one’s employer. For example, in Washington state, your pet is not considered a “service” if you do not have a medical or work-equipment exemption. However, a few states have adopted this approach. For example: In Massachusetts, pets are not considered taxable service, but you will be responsible for the cost of feeding, spaying or neutering your pet. Oregon requires an animal care license. In Arizona, your pet is not taxable, but you will need a license to have him or her trained to be a service animal (such as a Service Chute).
How you choose to calculate your service animals
As with any type of work, it is important to know how your job will be taxed and by whom. If you are employed as an educator by a public school district, your student-teachers may be exempted from the employer’s tax bill in certain situations. But, if you work from home for a freelance illustrator or illustrator-type client, you may see increased business tax bills.
This section discusses a few common scenarios that may come up in a small business tax context.
As President Donald Trump continues his attacks against the media, there has been little public outrage directed at the President for making false claims that had nothing to do with the fact-checking operations of The Washington Post and CNN.
During his speech to the U.S. Marine Corps Association, Trump claimed to have heard that former President Barack Obama had wiretapped him during the election.
He tweeted, “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”
During his campaign, Trump suggested President Obama may have had something to do with “wiretapping” Trump Tower. He didn’t back those claims up with any actual evidence.
“It could be Russia,” Trump told “Fox and Friends” when asked if the president’s wiretapping claim warranted further investigation.
“Maybe there is no wiretapping,” Trump said. “I mean, it could be something to do with surveillance.”
He also suggested Obama may have ordered the illegal wiretapping of Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort, who was forced to resign as Trump’s campaign chairman in August.
Trump’s claim doesn’t appear to be backed up by law enforcement. In August, the White House issued its first public response to Trump