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Miami CPA Offers Top 10 List of Tax Mistakes

Getting ready to do your taxes? Before you do, at least read what Miami CPA Gustavo A. Viera has to offer as advice.

Miami CPA Surveys Fellow CPA’s

Miami CPA, Gustavo A. Viera, recently surveyed fellow CPA’s in public accounting about the most outrageous tax deductions clients have tried to take on their tax returns. The answers included everything from pets and weddings to cars impounded by police.

Gustavo A. Viera says the IRS doesn’t reward creativity and, in fact, can be alerted to questionable deductions as though they were red-flagged. He also said tax preparation software won’t always protect you in these instances, even if the deductions are accepted by the program.

Below is a list of the Miami CPA VieraCPA’s 10 strangest deductions from 2014:

1.Hunting trips because you “talk business.” These are generally not deductible no matter how often you talk about your boss.

2.Boats. One Miami CPA stopped a client from deducting their boat as a “water computer.”

3.Expansive home office expenses. Just because you work from home doesn’t mean you can deduct mortgage and groceries.

4.Creative investments. A loss on the sale of your home doesn’t qualify as an investment by the IRS.

5.Keeping up appearances. Some professions require a certain level of dress or appearance, but the cost of haircuts, plastic surgery, massages and salon expenses usually aren’t deductible.

6.Hobbies. The IRS does not allow deductions for hobby expenses.

7.Misinterpretations of charitable donations. One Miami CPA had a client try to deduct an impounded vehicle. That won’t fly.

8.Cost of speeding tickets. Even though speeding can get you to that business meeting on time, such fines are not deductible.

9.A daughter’s wedding. One CPA client tried to deduct a daughter’s wedding as an entertainment expense.

10.Questionable dependents. Believe it or not, attempting to claim your dog as a dependent is a popular tax dodge. It won’t end well. And, while you get a tax deduction for having a child in the year you file, one CPA had to break it to a woman that she couldn’t claim her unborn child as a dependent.

The best advice, of course, is to seek the professional guidance of a tax professional, such as a CPA or and avoid the seasonal tax offices that come and go.



Gustavo A Viera is the managing partner of Gustavo A Viera, PA. His experience spans more than 25 years. He started his career in public accounting at PriceWaterHouseCoopers where reached the level senior audit manager. His Fortune 500 experience includes positions as CFO - Latin America Region for both Hewlett Packard and Telefonica of Spain. Gustavo also writes a blog twice a week that addresses trending accounting and tax issues. He is an SBA Advisor and teaches workshops for aspiring entrepreneurs. His office is located at One Alhambra Plaza Floor PH Coral Gables FL 33134, and is admitted to practice in the State of Florida as a licensed Certified Public Accountant. Gus welcomes questions and he can be reached at 786-250-4450.