25 Most Random Tax Deductions Ever
From birthday parties and body oil to dead parents and snitch fees these are the 25 strangest tax deductions ever.
You are actually allowed to include the depreciation of livestock in a tax write off. Why did we specifically mention ostriches then? Because ostriches are awesome.
15. Deceased parents
An 85 year old woman from Massachusetts tried to claim her dead parents as dependents. Although they met most of the requirements (no income, haven’t filed tax returns, weren’t claimed by anyone else) she was still turned down.
As hard as it can be to imagine life without your smart phone, one woman actually had a doctor’s prescription for it. After getting into a car accident, apparently Siri helped remind her of things.
5. Whaling ships
As of 2004 all whaling captains are eligible for up to $10,000 in ship repairs. The strange part? Whaling has been banned in the United States for all but Native American cultures (most of which don’t whale).