A word to the wise: many times we hear from clients that their sister's nephew's cousin's neighbour's goat told them they could take certain deductions or that they were paying no tax at all. First, many times such tax planning "works" because the amount is so small, they have simply never been "caught". Second, many times, the rumors we hear from our well intentioned friends and relatives do not apply verbatim to our situation. It is virtually impossible to comment on any comparative situation without knowing all the details and reviewing their situation personally.
Please keep in mind - if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. (c)