Today’s the day, folks; the tax deadline is just hours away. If you’re one of the last minute filers scrambling to get all your deductions and finances in order to meet the midnight postmark deadline, we dug up some of strangest write offs people have submitted to the IRS (some of which were actually accepted!) for a little guidance when filing your own.
Real tax write offs that have been accepted:
Breast Enhancements — This doesn’t apply to just anyone enhancing their looks, but if you’re in the ‘entertaining’ business this deduction might be valid. A stripper aptly named ‘Chesty Love’ won her case against the IRS when she deducted her breast augmentation, citing it was needed in order to get better tips.
Evian Water — one woman got a prescription for three bottles of Evian Water per day, allowing her to deduct over $1,000 for medical reasons.
Cat food — Believe it or not, some people have tried to claim their pets as dependents, but unfortunately it doesn’t work. However, if you own a cat for business reasons, say like a couple who owned two junkyard cats that kept their property free of snakes and vermin, you can write off the cost of cat food!
Beer — A gas station that offered free beer as a promotion was able to deduct the cost of beer as a legitimate business expense.
Real tax write offs that were rejected:
Drug dealing expenses — Unfortunately being in an illegal business does not count as a valid income.
Pole Dancing Classes — One man tried to deduct his wife’s $800 pole dancing classes under “meals and entertainment,” but the IRS didn’t buy it.
Arson — One business man hired an arsonist to burn down his failing furniture store in order to collect the $500,000 in insurance. Her later claimed $10,000 in “consulting services” on his taxes, but was later audited by the IRS. When the truth came out that he hired an arsonist, both men were sent to jail.
Babies — Considering children already count as a dependent, they can’t also count as a business expense. One woman tried to claim the cost of materials, food and more for her child for $26,000 since she used photos of the baby for marketing and promotion for her business.