Plastic surgery to cat food: Bizarre deductions taxpayers have claimed

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With tax season underway, it is no secret that Americans want to limit their liabilities as much as possible – however there are some people who have gotten really creative over the years in reaching for those deductions.

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While the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act eliminated or reduced some deductions this filing season, there are still a number of ways Americans can expect to benefit from the new law.

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But some taxpayers think outside the box: From plastic surgery to a family pet, people have seriously pushed the envelope in attempt to lower their bills – and some have even succeeded.

TurboTax compiled a list of the strangest deductions taxpayers have attempted to claim – here’s a look at what they found.

Plastic surgery

A professional stripper once claimed her breast enhancement surgery as a business expense, arguing it would lead to bigger tips. The IRS conceded, equating the surgery to a stage prop essential for her performance.

The U.S. Tax Center at IRS.com, however, noted that for the majority of people, plastic surgery does not qualify as a write-off. Generally, the surgery would need to be required as a condition of employment and unsuitable for everyday use.

Chesty Love, the stripper in question, had her breasts enlarged to an extreme extent – 56N – which helped her qualify.

Music lessons

One family was successful in claiming their child’s instrument as a deductible medical expense, since doctors said it could improve an overbite.

Private jet

One taxpayer attempted to write off his purchase of a private jet that he claimed was needed to check on an income-producing rental property in a remote location. The IRS eventually allowed the man to claim the costs of operating the jet to and from the property as a rental expense.

Cat food

A junkyard owner claimed cat food as a deductible expense, arguing it was necessary to feed the feral cats that in turn limit the number of rats and snakes at the compound. The deduction was approved as a valid business expense.

Super Bowl

One business associate tried to write off a trip to the Super Bowl with clients as a business expense, arguing it was for building relationships, according to the Tax Crisis Institute. However, he was unsuccessful in proving that the trip was in any way business related.

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Pet dog

Under certain circumstances, owning a pet – including a service dog and a guard dog for your business –can help you shave money off of your tax bill.

However, simply because you treat your dog like a child, you cannot claim it as a dependent.