10 Outlandish and Weirdly Wonderful Tax Deductions


Whaling Ships

According to TurboTax, since 2004 whaling captains have been eligible to claim up to $10,000 in deductions on ship repairs, equipment purchases, and other whaling expenses. However, whaling in the U.S. is prohibited except by certain Native American groups.

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Pet Moving

If you relocate for a job, the cost of moving your pet is included in your moving expenses write-off.

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Clarinets for children with an overbite

In 1962, a provision was added that made the clarinet and music lessons tax deductible as a medical expense, after orthodontists successfully argued that playing the clarinet can help children suffering with an overbite.

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Swimming pools

It turns out that swimming pools are tax deductible if the person using them has a medical condition alleviated or improved by swimming.

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Quitting smoking

The cost of smoking cessation programs, aides or patches are allowed as tax deductible by the IRS on a case-by-case basis, according to TurboTax.

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Childcare (Special Instances)

For parents who do charity work for a nonprofit, they can deduct from their 1040 the cost of their child care while they're working at that non-paid job.

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Criminal Defense

Get this -- criminals are able to write off their legal defense. However, they are technically required to pay taxes on the gains they stole.

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Getting in shape

If your doctor has told you that your health is suffering, as long as the doc signs off on it, you can deduct the cost of almost any remedy to lose weight, lower your cholesterol, etc.

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If you're a business owner who has an animal protecting your property, you may be able to deduct a portion of the money spent caring for that animal each year.

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Surgical Enhancements

As we wrote in last year's tax slideshow, a stripper successfully claimed her breast enlargement as a business expense. That case widened the opening for many in the entertainment industry to possibly write off their cosmetic surgeries.

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