The Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants recently surveyed its CPA members in public accounting on the most outrageous tax deductions clients tried to take on their tax returns. Their responses included everything from pets and weddings to cars impounded by the police.

Here are some examples of Outrageous Tax Deductions:

Questionable Dependents

Attempting to claim “Fido” as a dependent is popular amongst clients with pets. One CPA reported a woman tried to claim her unborn child as a dependent.

A Daughter’s Wedding

Sure, weddings are entertaining. But deducting the full cost as an entertainment expense does not make for a good relationship with the IRS.

The Cost of Speeding Tickets

Even if it’s because you were late for a business meeting, speeding tickets are fines and therefore, not deductible on your tax return.

Misinterpretations of Charitable Donation

Charity can take on many forms. But for one CPA’s client, a vehicle that was impounded by the police was not deemed a qualifying deduction.


The IRS does not allow deductions for hobby expenses. One client learned that when he attempted to take deductions on his horse ranch.

Keeping Up Appearances

While some professions may require a certain appearance, the cost of haircuts, plastic surgery, massages and salon expenses are generally not deductible.

Creative Investments

The loss on the sale of a personal house, while unfortunate, does not qualify as an investment by the IRS.

Expansive Home Office Expenses

Deductions on a home office are limited to the portion of the home dedicated to the business. Clients have attempted to do more though, from the cost of groceries to the mortgage.


Want smooth sailing on your tax return? Then you should not deduct your boat as a “water computer,” as one CPA had to inform their client.

Hunting Trips Because You “Talk Business”

That weekend of hunting with friends is generally not deductible, no matter how often you talk about your boss.

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