Monday, February 10, 2014

How Not to Cheat the IRS (They are probably not aware of the crazed prices for NBA tickets)

NyPo sports columnist Phil Mushnick discusses the terrible state of New York Knicks and the ticket he received in the mail:
[A] reader last week sent me a souvenir I plan to save and cherish for its perverse humor.
It’s a ticket stub from Cavaliers at Knicks from Jan. 30: worse team at bad team. The Knick featured on the ticket is Andrea Bargnani, who was injured and did not play. But even before he was hurt, Bargnani, at $10 million this year, was yet another expensive Knick who hadn’t quite worked out.
The assigned seat on the ticket was for a corner section, three sections up, then 10 rows deep; a decent seat, but nothing special. The cost: $305. Read that back to me: Bargnani on the ticket, two bad teams, nothing-special seat, $305. Hope that reader didn’t bring a date. 
Before I determined to keep and cherish this ticket, I considered entering it in my 2014 tax returns as a personal business expense. You know, cheat the government on the climb to reach One Percent status.
But then it struck me there could be no greater, more glaring, noisier red flag to wave at an IRS auditor than this stub. Again: Bargnani on the ticket, two bad teams, nothing-special seat, $305. No way anyone actually paid real money for that!

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