Since I never wait until the last minute, I think it’s time for me to start on my taxes.
My accountant tells my every year that some of my deductions simply will not fly with the Internal Revenue Service. Since we disagree on several, I thought I would just ask my readers what they think.
My fondness for cowboy musicians is well-known. Since I purchased a significant number of their compact disks in 2014, may I claim one or two pickers as dependents?
Hiking trails are so plentiful in Cody/Yellowstone Country that I doubt I will ever actually cover them all, no matter how hard I try. How long is the depreciation period on a good set of boots?
I went to Las Vegas with several girlfriends last year and took in a rodeo competition. Even though all of my receipts are still in Nevada and my girlfriends aren’t sharing details (What happens in Vegas…), may I still deduct the trip?
Speaking of travel, may I consider my trip to the Stetson factory a research trip? I rented a Ford Mustang and drove there, after all.
I find fly fishing to be very relaxing. Since my stress levels plunge dramatically when I am out on one of our world-class trout streams, may I deduct the rods, reels and flies as medical expenses? How about the mileage it takes to drive to the trailhead?
I named my horses after famous cowboy actors. May I deduct the care and feeding of Roy, Clint and Duke as promotional expenses?
I’m sure there are many more I am missing (I have a close relative with a dependent personality, but even I wouldn’t try to pass that one). If you can think other deductions and credits I deserve, please let me know before midnight April 15. You have plenty of time.
Until next week, I am lovin’ life and paying the taxman in Cody, Wyo.