Okay, admit it: As you’ve struggled with your tax return, trying to come up with some extra deductions to pump up your refund or reduce what you owe, you’ve taken a few flights of fancy.
“Can I claim a deduction for all those blood donations at the Red Cross?” Nope.
“How about a charitable contribution for all the time I donate to the church?” No, again.
“Can I count the wedding gift for my boss’s daughter as an employee business expense?” Come on!
On the other hand, your fellow taxpayers have successfully claimed write-offs for many things that most of us wouldn’t even imagine, ranging from cat food to the airplane they use to keep tabs on their condo.