Breast Implant Write-Off? Outrageous Tax Deductions the IRS Has OK'd ... Or Not

Unfortunately, our current tax system is like a big game, with taxpayers looking for every deduction they can find that will help reduce their tax bill.

While you should definitely take advantage of every deduction that you're entitled to, there's also a limit on how far you should push things. And as in any game, some players try to bend the tax rules ... a little too far.

Check out some of these, ahem, "interesting" deductions your fellow taxpayers claimed. The IRS refused some of these, but wait until you see the ones that were actually accepted!

Read on and see if you can guess which outrageous tax deductions Uncle Sam allowed ...Dairy Cows ... on a Safari?

The owners of a dairy business went on an African Safari and tried to write the cost off as a business expense.

They justified the deduction by saying that many of the dairy's promotional activities and marketing efforts included wild animals.

We're not sure that "wild dairy cows" exist, but guess what?

The IRS agreed that the trip was "ordinary and necessary," and the deduction was allowed.
Looks like these folks really know how to "milk" the system ...

Beer Good, Whiskey Bad...

A gas station owner gave his customers free beer and tried to write it off as a business expense.

Do you think the IRS took kindly to that?

The whole thing ended up in tax court, but the final ruling said the beer was a legitimate expense and deduction.



Interestingly, an Oklahoma businessman tried to deduct several cases of whiskey that he gave to his clients -- as "entertainment." This deduction, however, was flatly denied.

If you think that makes no sense, this next deduction is sure to fire you up ...

Burnin' Down the House...

A Pittsburgh furniture-store owner had tried to sell his business for years, but there weren't any takers.

Frustrated by his lack of success, he hired someone to burn the store down. He collected $500,000 from the insurance company for his misguided effort.

Brazenly, the man went on to deduct the $10,000 that he paid the arsonist as a "consulting fee." An IRS audit two years later ended with both men in prison.

Apparently, the IRS agent who handled the case was hot under the collar about the whole thing. Ba da bum.

silicone breast implant - tax deductionsThanks, Doc! Come by for a Swim Anytime ...

A doctor told his emphysema patient that the sick man needed to start exercising. The patient decided to install a swimming pool at his home, and then he deducted the cost as a "necessary medical expense."

The IRS agreed with the deduction, not only for the pool, but also for the various chemicals, cleaning, heating and upkeep. No word on whether he could write off his suntan lotion.

Did She Tango Her Way Home?

While the IRS looks favorably upon swimming pools, it doesn't look like you'll see the tax man on the dance floor anytime soon.

Despite her thinking that learning how to dance would improve her varicose veins, the government wasn't about to let this taxpayer deduct the cost of her dance lessons. The reason? "Not medically necessary."

The IRS also frowns up dance lessons for the treatment of arthritis or nervous disorders.

No, You Can't Deduct Fido's Babysitting

There are about 75 million household dogs in the U.S. That means millions of pooches are left at home alone each day.

To ease his pup's unhappiness, one taxpayer hired somebody to come to his home and watch his dog while the owner went off to work.

The IRS howled, however, when the taxpayer tried to deduct the cost by using a day-care tax credit intended for children and legal dependents. Pets do not qualify.

Maybe the IRS just prefers cats ...

"Here, Kitty-Kitty-Kitty!"

These junkyard owners had finally had enough of a nasty snake and rat problem, so they cleverly set out bowls of pet food each night to attract wild cats.

The cats not only ate the pet food, they also took care of the junkyard's unwanted guests.
Because the wild cats made the business safer for customers, the pet food was deductible as a business expense.

Sounds like the purr-fect solution!

The Bigger the Better?

Exotic dancer Chesty Love (you can't make this stuff up!) wrote off the expense of having her breasts enlarged. She claimed it was a business expense since a bigger bust-line would equal bigger tips.

The IRS agreed, declaring that her enhanced chest was a stage prop essential to her act. Seriously.

We've had a little fun with this topic, but the truth is that taxes are no joke. This tax season be sure you pay your fair share but not one penny more. Start by making sure you take every single deduction to which you are entitled.

Nationwide, 4.1 million taxpayers missed taking education credits and deductions, and 7.3 million taxpayers missed claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit, and it goes on and on.

When you do take them, make sure your tax deductions are airtight. Finally, before you file, be sure you have accounted for these important 2010 tax law changes.

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