Private Investigator Podcast #19 – Private Investigator Taxes and Surveillance Games

For those who missed the private investigator podcast here is episode #19 which focuses on a surveillance game I played early in my career to help me win little battles during the surveillance day. In addition I speak about tax time and my experience.  I also introduce a new small segment call “Uncomfortable Conversations”.

I really enjoyed making this private investigator podcast and I hope you enjoy it.

If you have any questions you want answered or you think others would want answered, be sure to comment on this post.




  1. What do you know about the company G4S? Tbey recruiter is.interested in hiring me. I read some megative reviews about them on glassdoor such as tbeh dont give you many days off…

    • I have heard quite a bit about them over the years. Some of it has been good and some has been bad. The investigative side used to be called MJM if I remember correctly. Like any investigative company (especially nationwide investigative companies) when it is busy they need you to work. This isn’t a G4S thing, it’s an industry thing. You will find that at any successful investigative company. I went through the hiring process and had to stop because I wasn’t going to sign a non compete. I think they told me that I couldn’t work in the investigative industry for 1 or 2 years if I stopped working for them (they fired me or I quit). I told them if I had to sign that form I couldn’t work for them.

      I have a friend that works for them and he is happy from what I can tell. Also you may be required to have a GPS device attached to your vehicle. You may want to talk to the recruiter about that.

      Hope that helps a little.


  2. Think about the tax implications in leasing a vehicle. The percentage of work use for the vehicle can be written off. If you use the vehicle 80 percent of the time for work use you can write off 80 percent of the payment. Its a good way to get a decent surveillance vehicle with a manageable monthly payment which can be mostly written off at the end of the year. Talk to your tax guy.

    • Leasing a vehicle comes with mileage caps. Until recently most of my vehicles have been paid off so there was no payment to write off. Instead I wrote off the mileage that was business related. If I was compensated for vehicle use I couldn’t write it off. I use H&R Block and they have done a good job for me each year.