Hey, Mr. Taxman — Deduct THIS!

Income taxes are due real soon. (Like I needed to remind you!) And maybe you could use a few more tax deductions.

Here’re a few oddball ones I’ve heard about that’ve actually worked…

— A gas station owner gave customers free beer in lieu of trading stamps, and the tax court agreed the beer was a legitimate business expense and tax deductible.

— A stripper had her breasts boosted to size 56-FF, and the write-off was allowed because her chest was “a stage prop essential to her act.”

— Junkyard owners set out bowls of pet food every night to attract wild cats to alleviate problems they were having with snakes and rats. The pet food was an allowable business deduction.

— A couple wanted to avoid the seven-hour drive to check on their rental condo, and local airline flights weren’t convenient, so they bought their own jet. All expenses for the jet related to the condo, including fuel, were determined to be deductible.

— The owner of a nightclub promotions company was allowed to deduct the cost of hiring scantily clad “bunnies” for customer parties.

Hmm. When it comes to figgering out tax deductions, some business people are real rhinos, huh?

They see a challenge and just charge around it or through it, snorting and roaring all the way.

As my friend Scott Alexander, author of those great Rhinoceros Success books, always says: “Rhinos buck the odds. They are willing to put themselves up against challenges and the taunting and criticism that taking a challenge brings.”

(By the way, you can eavesdrop on a conversation I had with Scott by charging over to http://www.wallyconger.com/rhinotactics.)

Have a great week. I’ll catch up with you later.

“Let me tell you how it will be. There’s one for you, nineteen for me, cuz I’m the taxman.” — George Harrison, “Taxman”

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