I have two annual rituals I exercise on Super Bowl Sunday.
The first is to turn down any party invitation to watch the big game. For one, I’m not a huge fan of wings or pigs in a blanket – the two menu staples everyone who has ever hosted a Super Bowl party throws at you like confetti.
Second, more often than not, the game rarely lives up to its fortnight of hype.
I offer last year’s 43-8 massacre as Exhibit A.
The other is to organize my tax documents and make an appointment with Rocco, my long-time accountant, and cross my fingers that we’ll collect something resembling a refund. Rocco has performed 1040 duties for me since 1990 and works to get me every deduction possible.
But it’s also the time of year where both the consumer and business press offer tips on what’s deductible versus what will surely elicit a notice from the IRS. While some claims skirt the legal limit, others are laugh out loud funny that would make even the most dour auditor chuckle.