5 Strangest Tax Breaks Ever

by Beth Davies

What do backyard pools, vet bills and dance lessons have in common? They're all things that, under the right circumstances, could be deductible business or personal expenses on your tax return. But claiming them isn’t easy -- you’ll need careful documentation, and even then, you may not qualify. Here are five of the weirdest expense categories you might be able to deduct.

Pools, Elevators and Other Home Improvements

Gambling Losses

Steel-Toed Boots, Posing Oil and Other Job-Related Expenses

New Pets

Dance Lessons, Diet Plans and Other Healthy-Living Purchases

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I'm a full-time personal finance writer based in the New York City area. I have expertise in business, shopping, food, home and garden topics.

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