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Best. Deduction. Ever.

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Marketplace is a mini radio show on National Public Radio. They air for a few minutes in the morning and a half an hour in the evening, after the markets have closed for the day. The program offers financial news and tends to have interesting discussions about the economy.

As we’re coming down to the last lap in the income tax submission race, Marketplace has been airing a feature called Best Deduction Ever. In this feature, accountants are interviewed, giving their stories about a wacky tax deduction clients asked them to take into account.

Yesterday, one man interviewed wanted to deduct his daughter’s $25,000 wedding by inviting coworkers and calling it a business meeting.

Today, an accountant mentioned that following the death of one of his clients, while collecting the materials for her final tax return, he came to the realization that the medical expenses they had been deducting for her over the years were actually veterinary expenses for her pet parakeet.

Now, it’s always dangerous when I ask for people to post comments, because there’s always the danger that no one will post and I’ll come across looking like a foolish blogger. On the other hand, feel free to post comments if you know of any other strange tax deductions attempted — perhaps by you, but you don’t have to admit.

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Luke Landes is the founder of Consumerism Commentary. He has been blogging and writing for the internet since 1995 and has been building online communities since 1991. Find out more about Luke Landes and follow him on Twitter. View all articles by .


avatar Neville Medhora

I’ve seen a good chunk of a 7-day Alaskan cruise wrote off as a business expense because an employee went with boss.

The boss paid for the employee, so TECHINCALLY it was legit :)


avatar sean

Maybe not the strangest tax deduction for sure, but just minutes ago I had a farmer come in wanting to write off the total cost of his new Harley Road King as a farm vehicle expense, since he occassionally drove by and checked on his irrigation pivots with it… ;)

If I remember, I’ll have to stop back in to this thread in a couple days – after the haze of too many hours for too many days clears – and I’ll try to recall some of the more oddball ones.