According to court documents, 60-year-old Diana Kroupa and her husband, 62-year-old Robert Fackler, defrauded the government by intentionally understating their taxable income by $1 million.
Wait. But, surely there must be a mistake! A tax judge is supposed to uphold the viability of the system, keeping us poor taxpayers honest, making sure we don’t cheat. In order to do so, they need to know all the loopholes. Ohhhhhhh……
According to court documents, the two fraudulently claimed personal expenses as business expenses. Those expenses included rent, utilities, Internet and cable service, garbage removal, household cleaning, remodeling services, household items, interior design fees, home repair and decorating, landscaping and plumbing repairs, as well as limousine and taxi fees, Pilates classes, spa and massage fees, jewelry and personal clothing, wine club fees and purchases at wineries, Chinese tutoring, music lessons, personal computers, family and graduation photos, Christmas cards, groceries, dry cleaning and laundry, and personal cellphone charges.
Expenses also included airfare, hotel and other expenses for vacations to Alaska, Australia, Bahamas, China, England, Greece, Hawaii, Mexico and Thailand, among other locations, according to the documents.
I get it now.