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Wacky Tax Deductions

20WACKY DEDUCTIONS 1 BODY OIL A professional bodybuilder wrote off his body oil as a business expense. The IRS wasn't having it, but the Tax Court let it slip by. 2 BREAST IMPLANTS Cosmetic surgery costs are usually non-deductible. That didn't stop exotic dancer, "Chesty Love," from challenging this rule. The Tax Court considered her 56-FF implants a legitimate business justification. 3 SWIMMING POOL One taxpayer had emphysema, and his doctor ordered an exercise regime. He installed a pool and used it twice a day to improve his lung capacity. The Tax Court allowed it as a medical expense. 4 RESTITUTION IN FRAUD One dentist's wife kept the books and billed insurers for work that the dentist wasn't even performing. She went to jail, leaving him to repay everything. He deducted his restitution as a business expense again. The IRS didn't approve, but the Tax Court permitted the deductions. 5 PAYING GIRLERIENDS One man needed someone to manage his rental properties and hired his girlfriend. She was in charge of tasks such as finding furniture, overseeing repairs, and running his personal household. He went to Tax Court and won. 6 PRIVATE PLANE 7 PET FOOD One couple bought their own plane and used it to check on their rental condo daily. The IRS didn't think it could be written Another couple owned their own junkyard. They would routinely place cat food out to attract wild cats. The cats helped make their junkyard safer by killing off the off, but the Tax Court allowed it. snakes and rats. Their food was written off as a business expense. The Tax Court allowed it even though the IRS thought it was ridiculous. 8 DRIVING DRUNK EXPENSES One man drank too much at a party and arranged a ride home. He thought he would be alright to drive a few hours later but ended up driving off of the road and was arrested for DUI. He had to pay for the car damages when insurance wouldn't and proceeded to deduct his repair costs and get away with it. 9 BABYSITTING FEES Babysitters are generally personal expenses, but not in this case. One mother was able to deduct her babysitting fees because she used that time to do volunteer work. The Tax Court logged it under charitable contributions. 10 MOVING A PET Sometimes the tax law permits writing off moving expenses, if you meet certain criteria. This includes the cost of moving your pet, as it is considered part of your personal effects. 11 HOME LANDSCAPING One man used his home for business meetings. In order to keep up appearances, he had to keep his yard maintained and repair his driveway. When he deducted the costs, the IRS didn't allow it, but the Tax Court allowed a portion of the cost to be written off. 12 FREE BEER An owner of a gas station decided to give away beer instead of trading stamps. He deducted the beer as a business expense. FREE BEER 13 BERMUDA TRIP 14 SEX CHANGE Business conventions in Bermuda are deductible without having to show that there was a special reason for holding the convention in that location. The Tax Court qualified $14,500 to be deducted from $22,000 of medical expenses from surgeries changing one man into a woman. They allowed the deduction because the procedure helped cure a disease. 15 MAKING MOVIES One woman worked on a documentary film for six years. She wrote off her six-figure losses, and after some back and forth, the Tax Court eventually allowed it. The Tax Court claimed that she acted in a business-like manner, rather than pursued a hobby. 16 DEER MEAT If you happen to hit a deer while driving in South Carolina, the state will give you a $50 tax credit for every butchered deer that you donate to charity. 17 CLARINET LESSONS One person wrote off her son's clarinet lessons after she claimed that they were used to help fix the child's overbite. The IRS approved the deduction. 18 AFRICAN SAFARL Dairy farmers claimed a tax deduction on their trip to the African Savanna because they went to learn about animals relevant to their business. 19 DEADBEAT FRIENDS Some taxpayers have chosen to collect the money they lent to friends and never got back by writing it off as a tax deduction. 24 20 OSTRICH DEPRECIATION An ostrich farmer in Louisiana was able to depreciate the cost of his ostrich. As livestock ages, farmers can deduct the depreciated value from their income if the animals were used for breeding. The above information is intended to provide generalized financial information designed to educate a broad segment of the public; it does not give personalized tax, investment, legal or other business and professional advice. Before taking any action, you should always seek the assistance of a professional who knows your particular situation for advice on your taxes, your investments, the law or any other business and professional matters that affect you and/or your business. intuit. strange-but-legit-tax-deductions CPA Select"

Wacky Tax Deductions

shared by brianrclay on Feb 11
Tax season is upon us and every year there are new tax deductions to claim. This infographic lays out the weirdest ones out there.





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