The Internal Revenue ServicePosted: September 26, 2011
Please recall that the IRS can award dollars to whistle-blowing employees (up to 30% of the amount recovered from employers who do not correctly remit their taxes).
The starting point is a Form SS-8.
Yeah, I’m That Guy who writes about IRS forms. Big Time Dork …
I once ate lunch with a meterologist. She asked me whether her TV-wearing-apparel was an ordinary and necessary business expense and whether she could deduct it on her individual tax return. I didn’t know the answer, so after lunch I searched the IRS Pubs and found the answer. The IRS puts wearing apparel on the sliding scale of “Could You versus Would You?”
Could a firefighter wear her flame-retardant gear to a “non-work” event (e.g. a wedding)? Surely. Would she? Probably not. Now she’s closer to having an ordinary and necessary business expense.
So could the weatherlady wear her canary-yellow pantsuit to a wedding? Surely. Would she? Hmm. She’s more likely to wear that than firefighter gear, but her argument about an ordinary and necessary business expense is weaker.
I emailed her and attached the IRS Pub. We didn’t have a second date. I was a little puzzled. I’m reasonably good company. I told a friend about my puzzlement.
Friend: So she didn’t respond, huh? Think sending her an IRS Pub had anything to do with that, you pinhead?
Excellent question. Always think before clicking Send ….