Originally Posted by Tondtar
How many tax auditors do you think know what a coil over is, really? Besides, as long as you can provide a valid receipt that matches the date and amount, I doubt if any auditor has the time to go through each one in detail. Most audits are just random questions about certain parts of your expenses. It's not a line item by line item process. They just don't have time for that.
you did ask from an ethical perspective. From an ethical perspective, it's not really ethical as it's not required for transportation/keeping the car running. However you could always argue it makes the car looks better, thus giving yourself a better image, etc etc . Ethical is always grey
also OP saw you're from Pittsburgh. nice, small world
I do IT consulting as well (although not my own business sadly)