20 Wacky Tax Deductions


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Every year during tax season, the goal for most taxpayers is to lower their tax burden to the bare minimum. In terms of tax deductions, the creativity that people have used can be both brilliant and, well, a little 'wacky'.

The U.S. tax code allows for legitimate tax deductions that include charitable donations and paid school loan interest among others. Then, there's that gray area that can be left up to interpretation — from a bodybuilder writing off body oil to an exotic dancer claiming breast implants as a business expenditure.

Learn about some of the wackier tax deductions through the years.

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20 Wacky Tax Deductions

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  4. 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. VIEW THE FULL GRAPHIC
  5. 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. VIEW THE FULL GRAPHIC
  6. 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. VIEW THE FULL GRAPHIC
  7. 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. VIEW THE FULL GRAPHIC
  8. 5 PAYING GIRLFRIENDS 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. VIEW THE FULL GRAPHIC
  9. 6 PRIVATE PLANE 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 off, but the Tax Court allowed it. VIEW THE FULL GRAPHIC
  10. 7 PET FOOD 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 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. VIEW THE FULL GRAPHIC
  11. 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. VIEW THE FULL GRAPHIC
  12. 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. VIEW THE FULL GRAPHIC
  13. 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. VIEW THE FULL GRAPHIC
  14. 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. VIEW THE FULL GRAPHIC
  15. 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. VIEW THE FULL GRAPHIC FREE BEER
  16. 13 BERMUDA TRIP Business conventions in Bermuda are deductible without having to show that there was a special reason for holding the convention in that location. VIEW THE FULL GRAPHIC
  17. 14 SEX CHANGE 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. VIEW THE FULL GRAPHIC
  18. 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. VIEW THE FULL GRAPHIC
  19. 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. VIEW THE FULL GRAPHIC
  20. 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. VIEW THE FULL GRAPHIC
  21. 18 AFRICAN SAFARI Dairy farmers claimed a tax deduction on their trip to the African Savanna because they went to learn about animals relevant to their business. VIEW THE FULL GRAPHIC
  22. 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. VIEW THE FULL GRAPHIC $
  23. 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. VIEW THE FULL GRAPHIC
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  25. 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. http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertwood/2012/03/21/still-more-strange-tax-deductions http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertwood/2012/03/19/strange-but-legit-tax-deductions http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertwood/2012/03/20/more-strange-tax-deductions http://www.kiplinger.com/article/taxes/T054-C000-S001-extraordinary-tax-deductions.html http://www.usnews.com/news/slideshows/10-bizarre-tax-deductions https://turbotax.intuit.com/tax-tools/tax-tips/Tax-Deductions-and-Credits/Top-10-Oddball-Tax-Deductions/INF12065.html