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The IRS clarified that position in downloads as a pdf when it indicated that those costs would be deductible "if the taxpayer can establish that the taxpayer is using the service animal primarily for medical care to alleviate a mental defect or illness and that the taxpayer would not have paid the expenses but for the disease or illness. The last part is key. Under the current rules, you can't simply deduct the costs of, say, a family pet which proves to be useful in relieving anxiety or calming an autistic child.
Service animals are usually highly trained to assist with specific functions and a family pet obtained, ostensibly, primarily for companionship would not meet the criteria that the "taxpayer would not have paid the expenses but for the disease or illness. Remember, however, that "medical expenses must be primarily to alleviate or prevent a physical or mental defect or illness" and as such, they "don't include expenses that are merely beneficial to general health.
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While it might be tempting to try and bend the rules especially when you really, really want to take your pet with you , claiming a tax deduction when it's not a bona fide medical expense could subject you to audit. Further, a disallowed deduction could result in interest and penalty. The bottom line? If the acquisition and care of your guide dog or service animal are legitimate medical expenses, treat those expenses like all other medical expenses.
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Years ago, I found myself sitting in law school in Moot Court wearing an oversized itchy blue suit. It was a horrible experience. In a desperate attempt to avoid anythin Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin. Gen Y women also put opportunities to coach others ahead of other activities, while Gen Z women felt that high levels of responsibility was the most attractive thing about leadership.
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Men across all generations were more interested in future earnings and high levels of responsibility. When we asked about barriers to leadership, high levels of stress in particular put off Gen Z respondents in countries such as Japan, France, and the U. This was the same among Gen Y professionals, with respondents from the U. We also found that women, across both geographies and generations, were more likely to be put off by stress, more likely to feel they lack the confidence to lead, and more likely to fear failing than their male colleagues.
But women also worried about different things in different countries.
In China Millennial women were most concerned about being unable to find the developmental opportunities they need to progress, while Chinese Gen X women worried more about not being able to enjoy their retirement. Both generations feared not finding an alignment between their personalities and the jobs available.
In the U. In Sweden female Millennials were most concerned about being overworked.
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It will be crucial for companies to understand the different concerns holding women back in their global workforces. Most multinational companies have globally or regionally defined inclusion initiatives, rather than ones customized to a national level. But what women want in China differs greatly from what those in India want.
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Leadership development initiatives may have to be tailored by country to address these differences. We found a strong interest in entrepreneurship across all three generations. And among those already in the workforce Gen Y and Gen X professionals , one in three yearned to be entrepreneurs. When asked whether they would want to work for an international company or start their own business, respondents in Gen Z favored working for an international company, while Gen Y and Gen X professionals preferred starting their own business.
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Companies may want to consider virtual reality as a tool for recruiting these cohorts. Gen X, on the other hand, believed virtual reality technologies would have a low impact on their work. They had the most enthusiasm for project management tools, with certain countries, such as Germany, Japan, and Russia, also expressing excitement about cloud computing and e-learning tools.
We also asked whether respondents saw technology as helpful to or hindering their work lives.
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