Originally Posted by robnplunder
For every IRS story about making a taxpayer's life hard, I bet there are 1000 that IRS don't catch.
I agree. Part of the problem is the complexity of the tax code. We have congress writing laws and IRS defining/redefining. There are so many ways to manipulate expenses and income that it can be scary.
DW ran a small at-home business for a few years. I did her/our taxes. We could write off all sorts of "business expenses" that we would have spent even if she didn't have a business. I totally wrote off a car amongst other spending.
I had a friend with a distributorship. He went elk hunting every year in Colorado and wrote it off because he always brought along at least one client. The client was selected based on being a guy easy to get along with, a hunter and did enough business with him to not be totally laughable.