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Four Stupid Things People Have Tried to Deduct on Their Taxes

#1.)  Candy and Flowers for Secretaries. A public defender in Santa Clara, California tried to deduct it on his taxes, but the IRS decided it was a personal expense that wasn’t necessary for his business.

#2.)  Buffalo Meat. A professional bodybuilder in Wisconsin tried to deduct it, saying it has more protein than other meats.  But a court decided that since plenty of normal people eat buffalo meat too, it wasn’t deductable.

But the guy DID manage to deduct tanning products and “posing oil”, which is the stuff bodybuilders rub all over themselves so they look shiny.

#3.)  An Aquarium.  A guy in Rock Hill, South Carolina tried to deduct an eleven hundred dollar, 75-gallon saltwater aquarium, which would have been fine if he was in the exotic fish business. The problem was, he was a stockbroker.

#4.)  Underwear.  One of the guys in Rod Stewart’s band once tried to deduct leather pants, hats, a vest, and silk boxers because he wore them on stage.

The IRS eventually let him deduct some of the flashier items, but not the boxers since no one could see them.


In honor of the tax deadline, jam to George Harrison & Eric Clapton doing a live version of the Beatles’ classic “Taxman”:

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