I had to kennel my dogs while moving. Is this deductible as a moving expense (temporary storage of household items)?

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    Can we assume that the move does qualify as deductible, and this is just a question about this one expense? – mhoran_psprep Feb 21 '12 at 11:19

Disclaimer: I am not a tax professional. Please don't rely on this answer in lieu of professional advice.

Please see IRS Publication 521 (emphasis added):

[Y]ou can deduct the reasonable expenses of: [...]

  • Traveling (including lodging but not meals) to your new home.


You can deduct the cost of packing, crating, and transporting your household goods and personal effects and those of the members of your household from your former home to your new home.


You can deduct the cost of shipping your car and your household pets to your new home.

While it doesn't specifically mention temporarily housing your dogs in a kennel, I would see this as a deductible expense.

Of course, this assumes your moving expenses are deductible in general: Who Can Deduct Moving Expenses.

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