10 wacky federal tax laws

Clown suits and clarinet lessons can be deductible under the right circumstances. So can appearance-enhancing surgery and oils.

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Feb 18, 2013 9:09PM

I must be stupid because I keep reading these stupid articles looking for something of value.

God forgive me for wasting my time.

Feb 19, 2013 9:20AM
You think this is "wacky"?  Wait until the Federal government starts running our health care.  God help us all.
Feb 19, 2013 11:07AM
how stupid can this country be i guess pretty stupid when it comes to common sense. Coravette
Feb 19, 2013 11:08AM
taking money from illegal drug deals? what a god fearing bunch arent they,,,,
Feb 19, 2013 11:54AM
where do the geeks that wite these article get there info.....Oh yeh the INTERNET.   Getting paid to copy articles.  Genious.     In school they called them Cliffs Notes and cheating.    No originalaity.
Feb 19, 2013 2:44PM
Come on....Lets at least try to be intelligent when putting information out to the public. It cannot all be smartass and garbage.....Sure there are lots of things deductible.....If you are required to supply uniforms for your job, then wouldnt a clown outfit possibly fit into that as an expense? Doctors, nurses, hospitals, law enforcement  get to deduct for uniforms and yet we can make smartass statements that clowns should not??? If you are a professional  musician or actor playing a musician then you would probably have clarinet lessons as a business expense if those lessons were needed to support your job. I am tired of hearing about "loopholes" as if every deduction for someone else is something that undeserving people get away with. The government approved these deductions for a reason and apparently now it is in vogue for the media to attack deductions by everyone else....except themselves of course. I am sure that media people have deductions that would seem wasteful to most of us... 
Feb 19, 2013 3:13PM

"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." Albert Einstein

Feb 19, 2013 4:35PM
My late CPA father was taken aback by some of the IRS deals.  He thought the Reagan '86 reform would change many, but they didn't.  14,000 pages and growing, written by DC house and senate aids, not by the IRS, which carries them out.   
Feb 19, 2013 1:16PM

H&RBlock works for the IRS...that's why they trained more people to become tax preparer.


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