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Offbeat Tax Deductions and Tax Laws that are Legal
Monday, June 15, 2015

Though the date for filing an individual tax return, also known as Tax Day, was in April, those who have to continue filing for federal estimated income tax payments — and consequentially their tax lawyers — have another tax payment due to the Internal Revenue Service today. While these payments can be much easier than filling out all of the forms that were due on April 15, as a group of tax attorneys, the Wolterman Law Office team has seen some downright strange tax deductions.

Though it’s 2015, and information is readily available at the click of a mouse, there are still people who try to handle tax deductions without being knowledgeable on tax laws. Before filing the IRS’s estimated income tax for April – May, see if either of these two peculiar deductions apply to you.

•     Arrows
People hunt. People give sporting lessons. So why should those two activities only apply to certain hunting outings or certain lessons? Because of a memorandum written in 2005, there is an excise tax on arrows. A specific kind of arrows, that is. According to the IRS’s site, for the small business/self-employed division and pertaining to the import and/or manufacture of taxable archery products, arrow shafts that measure 18 inches long or are more than 18 inches are taxable per arrow shaft. As of 2009, the tax rate is 45 cents per arrow shaft. It’s not all bad; this money goes toward wildlife because of the Federal Aid to Wildlife Restoration Fund of 1975 having been set in motion. So, buy some arrows for the animals! (Oh, and did we mention that, as of 2008, certain wooden arrow shafts designed for children are not subject to tax? You can thank the IRS for that one.)

•     Clarinet Lessons
Don’t run off and sign your children up to play this musical instrument just yet. There are certain parameters the IRS looks at to consider clarinet lessons to possibly be considered as a claim for tax deduction. While almost every child will have to visit the orthodontist at one point in his or her lifetime, every child isn’t necessarily diagnosed with an overbite. According to Fox Business, if an orthodontist “prescribes” clarinet lessons as a part of the treatment to combat an overbite, the lessons may be considered a tax deduction in the form of a medical expense. Because of the reed and the way a clarinet must be positioned in a person’s mouth to be played, it helps to decrease the pain of an overbite. Just, don’t go forcing yourself into biting down incorrectly on purpose to make this claim.

Tax deductions for business or medical expenses are designed to help you as a (tax) law-abiding United States citizen. But as these peculiar tax deductions and claims demonstrate, as far as Individual Tax Planning goes, our lawyers have their work cut out for them.

During tax season, or during the off-season for those who have another form of tax payment due, people will file claims for the outlandish and the unusual. Do you know any more claims other than the ones listed or know someone who tried to make claims for something equally as eccentric? Let us know in the comments!





 
 
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