As January winds down, I, like many of you I’m sure, have been slowly receiving assorted tax documents in preparation for my annual sit-down with Rocco – my accountant for the last 27 years.
Rocco usually manages to find my wife and me a small refund, provided my deductions are within the parameters of reality. In the 12 years I spent covering the accounting profession, each January I would compile what I considered an entertaining list of outrageous attempts for tax deductions that most filers wouldn’t be within three area codes of considering.
And somehow every year, some not only stretched the boundaries of credulity but were so out there I’m guessing both the filers and their accountants were sharing large quantities of prescription pharmaceuticals as they prepared their 1040s.
So without further ado here’s my abbreviated roster of what I view as the most outrageous deduction attempts of the past year.