This year's best cocktail stories—culled from certified public accountants nationwide, some of whom requested to remain nameless—naturally comes with a disclaimer: Do not try this at home. Or in the home office, for that matter.
As audacious as these stories might be, rest assured that the Internal Revenue Service is not amused when taxpayers fail to file, misfile, underreport income or otherwise attempt to avoid taxes.
Ready for some laughs? Behold Bankrate's wackiest tax write-offs, 2009 edition.