You want to claim WHAT on your taxes?
We’ve all heard the saying: the only things certain in life are death and taxes. While we may not have much control over the former, we can take steps to reduce our tax bills. But how far would you go to save a few dollars in taxes? Some taxpayers have been very creative in trying to justify tax deductions. While some attempts were rejected, many others were approved by the Tax Court.
Cleo Hamel, senior tax analyst with H&R Block Canada, shares what worked and what didn’t with these unusual deductions…
Accepted: Additional food needed by couriers
Scott v. The Queen, 98 D.T.C. 6530
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Rouillard v. The Queen  4 C.T.C. 2065
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Accepted: Diamonds are a girl’s best friend
Landry v. The Queen  TCC 399
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Rejected: Ballet lessons
Levine v. The Queen  2 C.T.C. 2147
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Accepted: Golf is not an employment expense if you hate it
Rachfalowski v. The Queen  TCC 258
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Rejected: Trips to Vegas
Goodwin v. The Queen  4 C.T.C. 2906
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Accepted: Cat and dog food
Zeitz v. The Queen  4 C.T.C. 2292
Rejected: Gambling as a business
Cohen v. The Queen  TCC 262
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Accepted: Spousal amount for widows
CRA Views 2003-0050255
Rejected: Income Tax Act incomprehensible
R. v. Meikle  4 C.T.C. 294
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