Tuesday, February 06, 2007

9 Weirdest Tax Write-offs

1. Husband tried to deduct a condo in Utah where he kept his mistress! Ooops...
2. "Working Mom" of a dog feels bad for leaving her pup at home alone so she hires a doggy sitter. The dog clearly was an economic dependent, but not for tax purposes.
3. A guy who had rental property tried to deduct a limousine charge in the year he got married by claiming that he had taken his renters out for a night on the town.
4. Woman with grown children wanted to write off a breast pump b/c she remembered how expensive it was!
5. A landscaper who was under audit with the IRS had deducted the expense of their dog because he would pull the wagon on landscaping jobs. They felt he was out there helping. He may have been listed as an independent contractor.
6. A man not only tried to, but properly did deduct several thousands of dollars of comic book purchases. He was a university doctoral student, doing his thesis in his field of expertise . . . having to do with the relationship of comic books to the societal values of the era.
7. An individual who bred dogs was looking for a tax deduction, so he thought that he would give one of his dogs to the Humane Society and take a deduction for it. They were valuable dogs but he bred it, so he could not take a tax deduction for it.
8. Here's a line of thought we've all tried on at one time or another: I have to look professional at work, so why shouldn't I deduct the cost of my suits, shoes and ties?
9. An Amish guy tried to take a deduction for his buggy with velvet interior, the whole works. It was tricked out. How pimped out was his ride? According to the receipt, this baby came equipped with dash lights, kick plates, tinted windshield, speedometer, hydraulic brakes and dimmer switches. The standard buggy costs $2,675; this pimped-out version ran $3,545.
This info came from MSN if you'd like to read more!

6 comments, add yours here:

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

well personally i think they all should be allowed....

smiles, bee

Neila said...

Hey, you gotta do what you gotta do! Anything to save a few pennies! I am definitely down with that!

Gene Bach said...

I'll bet next year hubby gets to have half his wages deducted so they can be sent to his EX-wife! LOL!

Skittles said...

People will try almost anything, huh?

Mike said...

There was a guy in MI a few years ago who tried to list his dogs as dependents, they found him because he listed 9 dogs with no ssn's lol.

Kara said...

That's funny!