Every taxpayer yearns for tax deductions and the zealous methods that some taxpayers have in attempt to achieve this are overwhelming. It is like everyone has something unique and unusual that he or she claims, hoping to convince the tax preparers and the IRS to reduce their tax bills. To achieve this, many turn to dependents to forge their claims. like branding the cat or dog and other pets as dependents.
There is a taxpayer who once claimed that since he “pays the salary” of an elected official, the officer was a dependent. That is not to mention of a woman who wanted the months she was pregnant as a dependent claim, despite the fact that her rights were relinquished to the child at birth.
It is also understandable that a few weeks’ break in an Arizona rental home might have done magic to your health and your overall well being. Sadly, you will need to pull another magical stunt to convince the IRS to consider the expenses as being valid medical expenses. Another bizarre claim was a guy who considered the fees paid to a divorce case as an “investment,” without specifying what type of investment it was.
Some newlyweds have categorized their wedding expenses as business entertainment costs simply because some of their clients were invited to witness the memorable union. Just because you exchanged your wedding vows in a church doesn’t make the expenses charitable contribution either.
There are some other very creative attempts that taxpayers come up with all the time, hoping to get some deductions. A man lost in a case in which he wanted the costs incurred while donating his sperm to an in vitro fertilization lab deducted. The court simply knocked it out, arguing that since the “philanthropic” sperm-donor wasn’t physically or mentally ill, conditions that would have hampered his normal procreation, the decision to head to the lab and have these procedures undertaken were totally personal and had nothing to do with any known medical condition.
The list to the creative tax deduction attempts and justifications is endless.
However, instead of wasting time and energy pushing for illegible and bizarre deductions, why not find out more about legitimate deductions on your medical costs, and other ways you can cut your tax costs. Give your tax pro an easy time next time you file the returns and spare the IRS officials the headache of trying to explain the obvious that will eventually be thrown out anyway.