As the tax deadline approaches, many are scrambling to get as much back as they can. Fortunately, the IRS allows things like breast implants, swimming pools and clarinet lessons to be considered a write-off.
Turbotax recently came up with a list of bizarre exemptions, some that have failed to work and others that were miraculously approved. One approved exemption was a woman who claimed her breast implants as a business expense.
Chesty Love, a topless dancer, said that her breast implants were so big that they were considered props. A court allowed her to write them off.
"The petitioner's line of business, that of a professional exotic dancer, was such that part of her 'costume' was her freakishly large breasts," a court ruling said.
"The petitioner has proven that if she could remove her implants on a daily basis she would have done so as she preferred not to have 'worn' them in her offstage personal life. However, this was physically impossible. Because the petitioner's implants were so extraordinarily large, we find they were useful only in her business. Accordingly, we hold that the cost of the petitioners implant surgery is depreciable."
Another surprising write-off was a man who claimed tax relief on his daughter's wedding.
Edward Gonzalez, a tax lawyer, said, "The documentation was thorough. Surprisingly, IRS never even argued with us about the nature of the wedding as a business event. We said it was. Gave them the list of attendees, documentation for the expenses, and it was accepted!"
And in 1962, clarinet lessons were approved as a write-off after they were alleged to have helped fix a boy's overbite.
A man also was able to write off his swimming pool expenses since it helped him with his osteoarthritis.
IRS Publication 502 states that medical expenses can include "special equipment installed in a home, or for improvements, if their main purpose is medical care for you, your spouse or dependent."
Other items like false teeth, limbs and breast pumps can be written off.
But not everything is so easily approved by the IRS. Unsuccessful write-offs include a woman who claimed her dog as a dependent, a person who said their sex toys were part of their business, and a man who tried to claim his marijuana crop as a business expense.
It was obvious why the marijuana crop was not able to be considered an expense.
"If you're running a criminal enterprise, normal tax laws should be the least of your worries," Turbotax said.
But the most amusing attempted write-off was a man who tried to claim the $10,000 he spent hiring an arsonist to burn down his business so he could get insurance money.