Happy Tax Day 2019!

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Happy Tax Day, and congratulations on making it through what may have been a challenging tax season!

As you finish up your last few tax-related tasks, take a few minutes to read about four creative deductions that American taxpayers have tried to make over the years.

1. Music lessons

One family succeeded in claiming their child’s instrument as a deductible medical expense because doctors said it could improve an overbite.

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2. Private jet

A taxpayer tried to write off his purchase of a private jet that he said was necessary to watch over an income-producing, remote rental property. The IRS allowed the man to write off the costs of operating the jet to and from the property as a rental expense.



3. Cat food

One junkyard owner claimed cat food as a deductible expense, contending that it was needed to feed the feral cats, which limit the population of rats and snakes in his yard. The IRS approved the deduction as a valid business expense.



4. Football game

A business associate tried to write off a trip to the “Big Game” in February with clients as a business expense, arguing that it was for building relationships, according to the Tax Crisis Institute. He was not successful in proving that the trip was business related.



I hope you enjoyed these Tax Day deduction fun facts. Now it’s time to enjoy that vacation!

Tara Stratton
Tara Stratton

Written by Tara Stratton

Tara Stratton is a marketing manager for Intuit® ProConnect™, where she has worked since 2015. She earned her MBA from Southern Methodist University. In her free time, she enjoys running, camping, traveling, and spending time with her friends, family, and dog. More from Tara Stratton

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