Tax Law (Questions About Taxes)/Moving Deduction


Hi John,

I am moving from Dallas, Texas to Honolulu.  I understand I can deduct the cost of shipping my dog.  Hawaii requires dogs to have specific treatment and documentation including a $250.00 Rabies Titer from Kanas State Lab.  Of course, the rabies shots we have to have anyway, but the titer is only because we are moving.  Is that expense deductible?

Also, I have to buy a shipping crate.  Is that deductible?

Thank you!


Thanks for your question.

The shipping crate, as well as the cost of shipping your dog, is deductible.  However, the rabies titer is not deductible.  About 1998, the IRS severely restricted what's is deductible.

Hope this helps.

John Stancil, CPA  

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I can answer questions on personal income taxes, partnerships, and some corporate income taxes. I can deal with some state tax questions. Limited gift and estate tax questions. I am also familiar with ministerial and church tax reporting issues. I am Professor Emeritus at Florida Southern College. Sales taxes and property taxes are state and local issues so I am not likely be be able to give you an in depth answer on those types of taxes. I have maintained a CPA practice, specializing in tax, for over 35 years. I am a member of the National Association of Tax Professionals, The Florida Insititute of CPA's, The NCPE Fellowship. In addition I am a Certified Mentor for SCORE. Visit my website at I also offer seminars and consultations to churches and clergy on their tax issues at Also visit my blog, I am listed on Tax Connections at Prepare and file your own taxes at


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