California Cat Lover Triumphs in Tax Court

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cat 150x150 California Cat Lover Triumphs in Tax CourtYesterday, a blog post at Forbes.com detailed the case of an Oakland, California family attorney whose love of feral cats landed her in hot water with the IRS.  Thanks to the U.S. Tax Court, however, it turned out not to be a financial cat-astrophe for Jan Van Dusen, who rescues feral cats and houses up to 80 at a time in her Oakland home.

Van Dusen had deducted over $12,000 in feral cat-keeping expenses, claiming them as a charitable deduction.  The IRS denied her deduction, saying that she was not a qualified charity.  However, since Van Dusen also volunteered for five Bay-area feral cat charities, the Tax Court found that a majority of her expenses were deductible.

To keep the IRS at bay, Van Dusen in now considering establishing her own 501(c)(3) charity to help feral cats.

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