Saturday, February 9, 2013

Tax Breaks, Did You Deduct Dog Supplies or Hair Cuts?

The dreaded tax time, I wade through mounds of paperwork to validate my deductions of being an author. I deduct items such as paper, ink for my printer, internet, and postage. Some creative people attempt to deduct items I would never think of. Check out some of the deductions people tried to sneak by the IRS last year.

Deduction: Lingerie
Denied: Prostitution is illegal in New York and you cannot claim deductions for anything illegal.

Deduction: Cost of a wedding.

Denied: Duh…

Deduction: Haircut

Denied: Yes, State Trooper’s must have a short haircut, but they must also have good hygiene and soap isn’t deductible either.

Deduction: Sperm Donation

Denied: What was this guy thinking?

Deduction: Dog Supplies

Denied: Your pets do not qualify for your home security.

Deduction: Breast Implants

Allowed: The dancer’s income (which she pays taxes on) significantly increased after the implants thus a legitimate business expense.

So, is it creative bookkeeping or an attempt at cheating on your taxes? If you’ve heard any other unusual deductions, shout them out. Fellow writer’s, I would loved to hear tips on items you deduct.

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Julie Eberhart Painter said...

Some of those are unbelievable. Unless...the dog guards your coputer to prevent plagiarism! Pit bulls only need apply.

Allison Knight said...

My father worked for the IRS. Althought Prostitution was illegal in Indiana, he allowed a lady of the evening who embarrassingly Dad her clients had breakfast at her apartment, he allowed her nightgowns, her breakfast food, and use of her kitchen for 1/3 of the day. We loved hearing about it
(grinning) at the dinner table no less.

Rita Bay said...

Love it! I've already started pulling things together. I usually maintain a spreadsheet on a regular basis. Didn't happen. Maybe this year. Rita

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