Uncommon tax deductions

You can deduct that?!

These far-fetched tax deductions worked for others. Why not you?


Treasure hunt: Claim your metal detector—searching for buried treasure is a business venture.

Poor by choice: Take a vow of poverty and you can deduct the amount of income you gave to your order.

Baby sitting: Write off your child-care expenses for a night out if you’re at work, school or “entertaining clients.”

Gambling losses: If you gamble for a living, you may be able to write off your losses as a business expense.

Banjo rental: Pro musicians can claim rental fees and insurance on instruments. Hoedown anyone?