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8 Outrageous Tax Write-Offs (Slideshow)

8. Totaled Car From a Drunk Driving Accident.

After drinking alcohol at a friend’s party, a Texas man totaled his $40,000 truck and was arrested for driving under the influence. His insurance company rejected his loss claim, so the man instead filed it as a casualty loss deduction on his taxes. The IRS rejected this claim, and the man went to court; the judge eventually decided in favor of the drunk driver, not the IRS!

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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8:31PM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

wow... hmm.. landscaping, vacation? hell yes! and ouch.. my uhmmm... back. yes. i need a pool. lol

5:56PM PDT on Apr 28, 2012


1:56AM PDT on Apr 26, 2012

Only a rich, corrupt, corporate person would do these things.

10:00PM PDT on Apr 19, 2012

No justification or proof for a tropical "business meeting". Wow.

4:30PM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

Thanks for this one; let's hope it makes legislators think.

11:40AM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

Don't think that giving tax advantages to people working from their homes is a problem. Would like to see a minimum tax imposed on corporations and individuals - would like to see GE and Boeing pay their fair share.

11:36AM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

You're correct in saying that these write-offs ARE outrageous!

8:12AM PDT on Apr 18, 2012


4:24AM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

And the rich keep getting richer while the poor keep getting poorer. It's no wonder why the middle class has all but disappeared.

3:32PM PDT on Apr 17, 2012


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