What are the strangest tax deductions?

By Staff | December 4, 2013 | Last updated on September 15, 2023
1 min read

Did you know that farmers can claim cat and dog food as a business expense, if those animals help keep pests away from their crops? Or that clients should claim both legal and illegal income on their tax return?

Read: CRA tax relief deadline approaching

H&R Block has a list of unbelievable tax deductions, both attempted and successful.

One taxpayer tried to claim the cost of trips to Las Vegas and Arizona, as his dermatologist recommended the sunny weather for his psoriasis. The case made it to the Tax Court of Canada, which ruled against the claim.

Former Edmonton Eskimos player Craig Ellis tried to deduct the cost of footballs he threw into the stands, among other items, as an employment expense. That Tax Court ruled against him too.

Read more here.

Also read:

8 things to consider when tax-loss harvesting

No perfect scores on this financial quiz

Advisor.ca staff


The staff of Advisor.ca have been covering news for financial advisors since 1998.