Slideshow Most Outrageous Tax Deductions

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  • February 21 2012, 4:49pm EST
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Questionable Dependents

A taxpayer wanted to claim his elected official as a dependent because he “pays his salary.”

Questionable Dependents

One woman wanted to include the months she was pregnant in 2011, even though she relinquished rights upon the child’s birth.

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Questionable Dependents

Yet another taxpayer wanted to claim a former spouse.

Disallowed Charitable Donations

Another client wanted to claim the market value of whole blood that the taxpayer donated.

Disallowed Charitable Donations

One taxpayer wanted to claim a $100,000 deduction for burning down an old cabin.

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Disallowed Charitable Donations

Sorry, but gambling losses don't count as charitable deductions.

Disallowed Charitable Donations

Private school tuition - not deductible for charity.

Disallowed Charitable Donations

Raffle tickets, even when they're for a good cause, and even when you didn't win the trip to Disney World.

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“Fido” as a Business Expense

Pets proved popular with taxpayers wanting to deduct everything from pet food to vet bills.

Inflated Mileage Calculations

A handyman proposed to take a $25,000 mileage deduction, even though he had only $10,000 in revenue. He justified it by saying he drove 50,000 business miles in one year.

Creative Medical Expenses

A rental house in Arizona for the taxpayer’s health.

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Creative Medical Expenses

An in-ground swimming pool without a doctor’s order.

Creative Medical Expenses

A spouse’s drug habit.

Creative Medical Expenses

Breast implants and tummy tucks.

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Investment or Not?

An attorney’s fees for a divorce were considered an “investment” by the former spouse.

Unscrupulous Business Travel and Entertainment Deductions

A personal luxury car.

Unscrupulous Business Travel and Entertainment Deductions

Three country club memberships.

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Unscrupulous Business Travel and Entertainment Deductions

A motor home.

Unscrupulous Business Travel and Entertainment Deductions

The full cost of a wedding.

More Outrageous Tax Deductions

To check out the Minnesota Society of CPAs' list from last year of the most outrageous tax deductions, visit http://www.accountingtoday.com/news/Top-10-Most-Outrageous-Tax-Deductions-57330-1.html.