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The Irish Revenue has extended the current Guide Dog tax allowance to owners of Assistance Dogs.
Under the Guide Dog tax allowance, where a blind person maintains a trained guide dog, an agreed sum of EUR825 (USD884) (equivalent to a tax credit of EUR165) may be claimed as a health expense. This provision has now been extended to persons who maintain trained assistance dogs, including assistance dogs for children with autism, following the publication by Revenue of updated guidelines.
Assistance dogs are trained to meet the specific needs of their owner.
To qualify for the relief, an individual must prove that they maintain a trained dog which has been supplied by an organization accredited by Assistance Dogs Europe.
Finance Minister Michael Noonan commented: "Today's extension of the current Guide Dog tax allowance to owners who depend on the assistance of trained service dogs is a further step by the Government to make Ireland a fairer and more inclusive society. This move to support owners of Assistance Dogs will provide much needed additional support to individuals and families in our society."
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