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@jebarne and @drlivingston thank you for the advice/info.
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Anyone know why this would be? It's a python purse going to France

I had the exact same thing happen to me with a deerskin jacket that was going to the uk. eBay refunded the buyer, without taking his payment from me. I guess leather from certain animals is restricted from going through customs for some dumb reason.
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I know customs holds onto animal hides interning the country for months so they can deep freeze them to kill any possible parisites. (I've got patients who do big game hunting around the world)
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Is there a list anyone knows about for which hides might get caught up in customs? That would suck.
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Quick tax question. Whenever I thrift, I always have my baby Glock (Glock 26) concealed on my person. I am contemplating giving that to the wife and purchasing a Glock 30S or Springfield XD for myself. If carried for personal protection while working, is it a legitimate tax deduction? 

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Quick tax question. Whenever I thrift, I always have my baby Glock (Glock 26) concealed on my person. I am contemplating giving that to the wife and purchasing a Glock 30S or Springfield XD for myself. If carried for personal protection while working, is it a legitimate tax deduction? 

I really don't have an answer for you, but...

Whenever I consider such a situation, I always picture Elaine on Seinfeld when she had to justify her expense account. She was wrapped in a down comforter, watering plants with a waterpik, etc.




I always imagine myself explaining something to an agent of the government, in person. Would it make sense to a reasonable person?

Not that any of that helps, so I'd run it by your accountant. biggrin.gif

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Is there a list anyone knows about for which hides might get caught up in customs? That would suck.

I always take out my listing title from the customs form and replace with my inventory number and a generic description.  I imagine the chance of an item not making it to it's destination would be greater with a "Zilli alligator leather jacket 42" versus "SC1384 used coat"

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I always take out my listing title from the customs form and replace with my inventory number and a generic description.  I imagine the chance of an item not making it to it's destination would be greater with a "Zilli alligator leather jacket 42" versus "SC1384 used coat"

Exactly. My customs forms are as generic as possible. I shipped a pair of vintage elephant Church's shoes to Germany without a problem. Simply listed them as "men's shoes." I have shipped many exotic skin items all over the world without incident. 

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how did that even clear the customs?

I presumably bought it from a licensed Gransfors Bruk dealer. I don't think there are any issues with knives, blades and tools as long as they are legal here.
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Thanks, I haven't shipped anything directly oversees so this is good to know.
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Originally Posted by drlivingston View Post
 

Quick tax question. Whenever I thrift, I always have my baby Glock (Glock 26) concealed on my person. I am contemplating giving that to the wife and purchasing a Glock 30S or Springfield XD for myself. If carried for personal protection while working, is it a legitimate tax deduction? 

My view is yes. Stores aren't always in the best neighborhoods and in my area GW doesn't take cards so its reasonable to assume that someone shopping here has cash in the pocket.

 

If it is something that facilitates the operation of your enterprise, you could expense it. If you were going to a warehouse to pick up a shipment of suits and hired a security guard to accompany you, that would be deductible.

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I always take out my listing title from the customs form and replace with my inventory number and a generic description.  I imagine the chance of an item not making it to it's destination would be greater with a "Zilli alligator leather jacket 42" versus "SC1384 used coat"

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Exactly. My customs forms are as generic as possible. I shipped a pair of vintage elephant Church's shoes to Germany without a problem. Simply listed them as "men's shoes." I have shipped many exotic skin items all over the world without incident. 

Is this when shipping through the GSP or shipping directly?
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Quick tax question. Whenever I thrift, I always have my baby Glock (Glock 26) concealed on my person. I am contemplating giving that to the wife and purchasing a Glock 30S or Springfield XD for myself. If carried for personal protection while working, is it a legitimate tax deduction? 

 

I think you are opening yourself up for problems for not much savings, the IRS is going to try and determine if it is "Ordinary & Necessary" for your business.  You could make a case but its just a gray area that i personally wouldn't bother trying to fight.

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I think you are opening yourself up for problems for not much savings, the IRS is going to try and determine if it is "Ordinary & Necessary" for your business.  You could make a case but its just a gray area that i personally wouldn't bother trying to fight.


Probably right... I am just in hyper-deduction mode.

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Originally Posted by drlivingston View Post

Quick tax question. Whenever I thrift, I always have my baby Glock (Glock 26) concealed on my person. I am contemplating giving that to the wife and purchasing a Glock 30S or Springfield XD for myself. If carried for personal protection while working, is it a legitimate tax deduction? 

Note to self : Do NOT sneak up on Doc when thrifting.
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