Tax preparation season is closing in. As the tax filing deadline nears, the National Institute of Slick and Slidey Tax Prep Jockies have collated their annual list of often overlooked income tax pointers and preparation tips, which is presented below.
In the Wages & Salaries box on Form 1040, write "Wouldn't you like to know?!" in tiny cursive script.
Don't forget to claim your favorite Pocket Pet (i.e., hamster, gerbil, mouse, vole, or rat) as a live-in dependent.
Remember to deduct as a "Theft Loss" that unrecoverable loan to your hapless brother-in-law.
Take a huge deduction for your new "Man Cave" as a "Home Office Leisure and Entertainment Center."
On page 2 of Form 1040 write in your own tax credit for "General IRS Harassment" to reduce your tax bill.
Be sure to inflate the amount of estimated tax paid. The additional refund should allow you a Vegas getaway --- for a while.
Sign your return with a false name. This will provide IRS agents and examiners endless hours of amusement.
Attaching irrelevant supporting schedules (e.g., old grocery lists, photos of loony Uncle Rufus mooning, worthless Lottery tickets, etc.) adds "creative punch and color" otherwise absent from your return.