My boss gave me a blank check.
My boss, it turns out, had a large business career.
So I gave it to him.
It was for a very, very small job.
I never expected to hear back from him about it.
I assumed it was just some scam.
I even signed the paperwork that I sent him.
But the next morning I found myself in a very big, very expensive, very complicated job.
The guy had a mortgage, a business, an accountancy firm and a consulting firm.
He also had a bank account.
I was a single woman with no children, so I knew I could handle the work.
And I did.
After six months of working in his business, he hired me as a consultant.
And now I’ve learned, through my own experience, that it’s not the best way to handle business and that you shouldn’t do it.
I am not alone.
A recent study by a small nonprofit found that in the United States, more than half of all people under 30 are still unable to take advantage of the business career deduction.
They’re too busy getting married and having kids.
But a growing number of experts say that’s a problem because many Americans don’t realize that they can still deduct the business expenses that would otherwise be taxable.
And the deduction is so powerful that many people are turning to it.
One in five Americans do not have an itemized deduction for business expenses, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
That’s because of a law enacted in 2006.
“It’s the most valuable tax deduction because it’s the one that most people don’t think about, the one they never think about,” said John Sperling, a law professor at the University of Michigan.
“It’s not something that most of us think about when we look at the taxes.”
The IRS has not commented on the study.
But experts say it could have an impact.
For one thing, many employers don’t recognize that the deduction can be taken even if they have a legitimate business interest.
For another, many people don.
A 2010 survey of about 700,000 workers found that one in four respondents said they did not realize that the business expense deduction allowed them to deduct business expenses such as rent and phone bills, for example, even though they were not legally entitled to deduct them.
The study also found that many Americans think they’re not supposed to take the deduction.
About 25 percent of people said they would be unable to claim it if they knew they had a legitimate job, and only 15 percent of respondents knew they were eligible to claim the deduction, the study found.
And a majority of people also said that if they worked at a place where the employee was required to have an insurance policy, the deduction would not apply to them.
But that’s not necessarily true, said Mark Schmitt, a tax lawyer in Washington, D.C., who specializes in business tax law.
The tax code is structured to help people with real, tangible assets.
“If they have the ability to work for the employer, then they can claim the business deduction,” he said.
But “when it comes to the intangible part of the equation, it’s much more difficult to say that the employer isn’t using you.”
That’s why some businesses use the business deductions to help their employees.
As a rule, you can deduct up to $10,000 in business expenses.
The IRS generally caps deductions at $500 per employee per year.
So if you have two employees, you’re not allowed to deduct more than $1,000 per year, even if you’re the sole employee.
In addition to the tax deduction, many businesses have special rules about when and how they can deduct business-related expenses.
For example, many of these companies require employees to use a bank-issued debit card or other means of payment to cover their business expenses as part of their paychecks.
In some cases, these employers have required employees to pay a higher tax on their wages to the IRS, so employees can claim a business expense tax credit.
Other businesses are less strict about what they can and cannot deduct.
The law doesn’t require that people get a special form of ID to deduct some business expenses from their wages, such as a credit card or a mortgage.
Nor does it allow for a credit for some business losses.
And there are no restrictions on the kinds of expenses employees can deduct, such a rent or car payment.
Some companies don’t allow employees to deduct all or part of certain types of expenses from paychecks, such to cover costs associated with their own personal injury claims or the cost of their personal care.
Many companies also limit employees’ ability to deduct expenses that are unrelated to their jobs, such expenses that go to a funeral home or to help a friend’s parents get an inheritance.
If you work for a company that allows you to deduct an expense related to your job, for instance