I recently perused the U.S. government’s official web portal where the notifications section gives the general public easy access to a variety of updates. As I was reading over the different updates, I stumbled upon an announcement that stated “every household that has a pet will be taxed for each pet they own.” The more I read, the more further I went into orbit. I try to keep up with the pending new laws, but this one has not received the attention that it should have!
The law clearly states that an average $250 tax will apply to all dogs and cats throughout the nation. While farm animals are still undetermined, taxes will definitely be imposed on any animal that can be considered a domestic pet. Evidently the tax for smaller pets such as hamsters, rats, snakes, ferrets, guinea pigs, etc. will be assessed at a reduced rate, depending on size.
Why a new pet tax? It seems the government, unable to balance the budget yet again, is creatively looking for a solution and the income from taxing pet owners will reduce the deficit by $2.5 million per year. Officials say the public should easily get behind the program since the bulk of the revenue created by the new pet tax is slated to be applied to the Social Security program which is quickly running out of money due to more baby boomers retiring early. Perhaps baby boomers feel if they wait until full retirement age there will be no money left in the program. Supporters of the new tax (likely not pet-owners themselves) say the additional revenue generated should help assure the American public that Social Security will be able to stick around for many more years to come.
Taxation is nothing new. The government imposed taxes on liquor and cigarettes in the hopes of recouping the deficit, but it didn’t work. It seems that Americans decided enough is enough and more than expected decided to quit drinking and smoking rather than pay the exorbitant increase to purchase booze and smokes. Experts on the subject stated they are certain that American pet owners will be willing to pay the tax, rather that cease to own pets.
Are you a pet owner?
Does this upset you?!
Want to know what you can do about it?
Several protests are taking place throughout the United States today, April 1st, 2011.
(Did you remember it’s April Fool’s Day?)
We love April Fool’s Day and hope you enjoyed our light-hearted spoof. Seriously, we’re hoping a nationwide pet tax remains an absurd idea!