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Top Ten Odd Ball Tax Deductions

Top Ten Odd Ball Tax Deductions

Kiplinger

Page 1: Table of Contents

Page 2: Top Ten Odd Ball Tax Deductions

Page 3: Artists and Designers! Get Organized Before Tax Day

Page 4: Schedule C for Artists and Designers

Page 5: What Can Visual Artists Deduct on Schedule C?

Page 6: Tax Preparation Checklist

Page 7: 5 Ways to Make Your Taxes Less Taxing

Page 8: The 11 Most Overlooked Tax Deductions

Admit it. As you’ve worked on your return, trying to come up with extra deductions to pump up your refund, you’ve taken a few flights of fancy. “Can I claim a deduction for all those blood donations at the Red Cross?” Nope.

“How about a charitable contribution for all the time I donate to the church?” Nope, again. “The wedding gift for the boss’s daughter as an employee business expense?” Come on! On the other hand, over the years your fellow taxpayers have beaten the IRS in court on payments for many crazy things that most of us wouldn’t even dream of claiming.

We’ve uncovered what we think are the weirdest deductions allowed, ranging from pet food to free beer.

1. Pet food

A couple who owned a junkyard was allowed to write off the cost of cat food they set out to attract wild cats. The feral felines did more than just eat; they also took care of snakes and rats on the property, making the place safer for customers. When the case reached the Tax Court, IRS lawyers conceded that the cost was deductible.

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