Are expensive clothes tax deductible? How about a baby grand piano? Do gambling losses qualify as a charitable donation?
The answer to those questions is, unsurprisingly, no. But these are some of the "outrageous" things Minnesotans attempted to claim for on the tax returns they filed last year.
The Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants (MNCPA) has released its annual list of worst offenders after surveying its members about which of their clients made the most ridiculous claims.
While many of them might seem obvious, the MNCPA says that with the U.S. tax code containing millions of words – and tax laws growing more and more complex – the list shows that clients "just don't know which deductions are allowed."
Here's some of the things people wrongly claimed for last year:
MNCPA says you're expected to arrive to work fully clothed – so this can't be considered a deductible expense.
Baby grand piano
A humanities professor thought he could deduct a piano he bought, but the only way he could is if he was providing lessons as part of a small business.
One CPA client tried to write off his gambling losses at casinos and the Minnesota State Lottery.
Foot powder for smelly feet
Like expensive clothes, not a business expense.
Cat food and litter
Pet expenses in general aren't deductible, the MNCPA says, even though you may use them to "keep mice out of the barn."
A 'business' boat
One client tried to depreciate the cost of his large boat he said he used occasionally for client entertainment. He failed.
Valley Fair season tickets
A lot of fun, sure, but according to the MNCPA they don't count as a day care deduction.
Someone tried to deduct half the cost of their wedding, because half of the guests were business contacts.
A client tried to claim deductions for botox, tanning and nails. Again, no chance.
Commuting to work
Your employer might offer mileage reimbursement, and if you can get deductions from the government for mileage incurred on the clock, but you don't get it for driving to and from work.
Tax-filing season started this past Tuesday and the deadline for federal and state individual income tax returns is April 18.
Click here to check out BringMeTheNews' guide on what you need to know about filing your returns.