14 extraordinary tax deductions

There's no doubt the US Tax Code can be dizzyingly complex. It might explain these wacky, yet legitimate, deductions that have been allowed by the IRS.

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This is a stupid article meant to be funny. I NEED real advise on saving. You start off with a sex change? Really?
Jan 18, 2013 4:01PM
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This is why we need comprehensive tax reform!
Feb 14, 2013 2:06PM
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menstrual supplies should be tax deductible!...(tampons, pads, and perhaps Midol are very expensive and are medically necessary)  
Jan 19, 2013 6:44PM
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How 'bout our cable & phone bills?   My landline was constantly bombarded with 'robocalls' ( even though I'm on the DO NOT CALL registry ) and I was subjected to hundreds, if not thousands of political commercials & JUNKmail from ALL sides during the past year.  
Jan 21, 2013 1:21AM
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TO PETER BLANK
When you write an article and say 14 tax deductions
LET'S SEE THEM RIGHT AWAY AND NOT MAKE US SEARCH FOR THEM
Jan 18, 2013 2:02PM
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How about telling us how red ink and black ink have the same tax rate for businesses?

When I have a loss, like my water heater dies it is on me. When a business has that happen it is put on the red side. When can I use the red side? I think I am going to look into making my house a business .My wife and I will be the employees and take a profit lol. I think I will call it the business of life. I also will take every advantage of the code, just like the business sector does.

Jan 18, 2013 12:45PM
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Wow!! Some of these are out right rediculous! But the one about the pool has my ear. My husband was diagnosed with a back problem years ago and was told by the Dr to stick to a certain type of seat in cars to keep the pain at a minimum... which are mostly only available in SUVs and trucks. We've always joked about writing them off as a medical expense, and now I know that we could! lol! (Not that we will since, with my luck, the court would change their mind)
Feb 14, 2013 3:07PM
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Cats are the best pest controllers ever!

Feb 14, 2013 3:24PM
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Flat tax and no deductions is the way to make it fair for everyone. 
Jan 20, 2013 10:47AM
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Discipline .If you don'i need it .don't buy it .Save something every month .start small and keep he amount constant .many peanuts fill up the bag
Jan 20, 2013 8:08PM
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The really amazing part will be the hundreds that take this to heart and set out to try this crap.  Only to be disappointed that their 'medical' deduction doesn't exceed 7.5% of their AGI, the point at which you can begin to deduct the first dollar of expense, or even better that their 'home office' otherwise invites an audit.  Audits can get pricey.
Feb 14, 2013 3:43PM
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Thank you for the article,...living proof the United States Government is corrupt to the bone.
Feb 14, 2013 4:18PM
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I love the one about the CATS! You go cats,there so awesome!
Feb 14, 2013 3:28PM
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Studies have shown that those who suffer from Gender Identity Disorder, 41% have attempted suicide. Only 2.9% of the overall adult population (younger population is 0.1 to 10%) attempts suicide.

GID is practically a death sentence if left untreated. If you had a medical situation that had nearly a 50% chance of not surviving, of course the treatment should be deductible as medical expenses. It doesn't matter if it's an unusual situation. It makes sense.

Some of these other things make sense in their certain context, too, but would otherwise be ridiculous. However, sex change operations are always a serious medical matter. How dare that be on the same list going over such silly things like cat food and free beer (I love beer, but c'mon).

Feb 14, 2013 3:35PM
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How retro of you to post a man with hairy legs in absurd heels to represent a transsexual! This is possibly the most offensive representation I've seen in main stream media in years. Shame.

Not to mention describing life threatening and clinically directed surgery as "wacky". Have you no editor?

Feb 14, 2013 5:13PM
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I see cat food as a Tax deduction, what about the Dog?  A dog is good for security of your Home or person.  I have both Dog and Cats, I need them for therapy. I'm a Vetean of the Vietnam-era war and I am disabled and others thing both mental and physical. So, Let me know if I can do a tax write off for my animals?   Thank you for your time   D.W. LeGrand    
Feb 14, 2013 5:12PM
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Should we deny the hard work that the underpaid cats do? I think not people.
Feb 14, 2013 3:11PM
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So, Chesty couldn't write-off her implants (cosmetic surgery), but once they ruptured she could claim a medical expense deduction!
Feb 14, 2013 4:42PM
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The article shouldn't say that these deductions were allowed by the IRS. The IRS fought them, and then the tax court sided with the taxpayer. The IRS was trying to keep them from being used.
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