15 incredible tax deductions

Hang on to those cat food receipts -- you'd be surprised what some people have written off on their taxes.

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Jan 11, 2014 7:35PM
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This is why a straight 10% flat tax for everyone (Rich or Poor) should be implemented.
Jan 9, 2014 9:10AM
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Just a bunch of examples of how the tax code allows the federal government to discriminate among US citizens and politicians manipulate it to buy votes.

 

We should implement an Equal Tax.  Equal per head per US citizen.  If it does not generate the revenue desired by the federal government, either raise the tax or cut spending on those items not explicitly called for by the constitution.

Jan 9, 2014 2:18PM
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There has been talk of a fair/flat tax for years going back to when Steve Forbes ran for Pres.  It is the answer to the nations problems!!!!!!   Only problem is it makes all the liars and crooks/politicians irrelevant. Doubt they will vote that into law.
Jan 19, 2014 10:38AM
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I think they should let us deduct our car insurance its mandatory to have it so I think we should be able to deduct it just saying


Jan 9, 2014 7:12PM
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how many IRS agents does it take to screw in a light bulb? only one.but it really gets screwed.
Jan 19, 2014 9:49AM
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The flat tax would solve all our problems but it would never pass. Lobbyist dirty politicians and big banks would be goose stepping all over this idea. Usually anyone who doesn't like the flat tax idea have something to loose. 
Jan 19, 2014 10:17AM
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I say Flat Tax is the way to go no write offs no special treatment for the rich It makes no sense to be able to write off vacation homes and mutiple cars we should all pay the same rich or poor.
Jan 11, 2014 1:44PM
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More good arguments for eliminating all personal deductions and tax credits and for increasing IRS field audits. The goal should be to get everyone to pay their "fair share" and to greatly reduce the embarrassing "47%".
Jan 9, 2014 2:02PM
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Woo hoo. I have asthma, and I need some exercise. I am going to get my doctor to write me a note to "get some exercise" and "get some massages". I am going to put in a pool and write it off. Then, I am going to get massages and write those off too.
Jan 9, 2014 2:30AM
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Typical LAME business as usual from these IGNORANT POLITICIANS? The media, don' really even matter to anyone with half a brain anymore it is so one sided one way or the other!
Jan 19, 2014 9:29AM
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Taxes! taxes!taxes! Remember why the 13 went to war with England? We,the poor, out number all those crooked politicians, democrats or republicans. And remember, there are enough guns in this country to start one(a revolution.) Why not? I'm no better off now than I was 50 years ago.I bet that can be said for millions and millions of people. We just need to grow a big enough pair to get it started. Oh, and by the way, we'll let all those crossing our borders illegally lead the charge. Wouldn't that be a fair way for them to earn their stay here? Immigration problem.................. totally solved!!! This country is never going to change until we have one. Taxes?.......................... Screw you uncle sam!!!!!!!!!!!!     
Jan 19, 2014 6:27AM
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If you think this is screwed up and complicated, wait till the Feds get their hands totally around your health care.

Virtually everything this government touches ends up a mess, from schools to the post office, IRS, how about space exploration or border control, even defense. We can't even stop a war much less win one or even define why we are in it.  The department of energy was created to get us energy free, and now that we are working toward that with natural gas fracking, the government (EPA) is trying to limit that. Amazing.

And the majority of Americans want government health care, well it does make some sense when you consider most of us went to public (government) schools and that is where most of us obtained our reasoning skills.


Jan 19, 2014 10:19AM
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Maybe so, but all these people went to court to get these deductions. Who wants to go to court with the IRS? I guarantee that although they got these amounts in their favor they lost in other areas and the IRS came out ahead. The man always wins. " I fight authority authority always wins"
Jan 19, 2014 4:00PM
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10% Tax nationwide is the solution to our problems.  Politicians don't want that though, they would have to pay more.
Jan 19, 2014 8:07AM
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You CAN deduct money you give to a church. This writer must not go to church. You need to get religion. They even provide records for their members at the end of the year.
Jan 19, 2014 10:36AM
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what an assinine story!! this is supposed to hepl me how????
Jan 19, 2014 11:40AM
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The IRS has their head up their ****, therefor the acronym "inspecting rectal structure"
Jan 19, 2014 9:28AM
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The "church" point the writer was making is that the time you spend doing this or that for your church does not result in any tax deductions for the value (whatever that is) of your time. You are, however, entitled to a charitable mileage deduction for travel involving church related charity work. So my wife is off on a three day retreat at some camp somewhere in the ear and is cooking for 120 people.  She spends many hours of her time preparing.  No deduction.  She makes three round trips to Sam's Club to buy food and supplies using  church money.  She gets a mileage deduction.  She contributes a dozen cases of bottled water to the retreat.  Deduction for the cost of the water, less, as tax purists might maintain, the value of any bottles of water she happens to drink. She also drives back and forth to the retreat site a couple of times a day during the three days everyone is there. Again, a nileage deduction.  It is never quite as simple as writers suggest when they make blanket statements that people may or may not fully understand, depending on their level of familiarity with all the ins and outs of the Internal Revenue Code.  So let's give the writer a small non-tax break, OK? 
Jan 11, 2014 6:50PM
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this is a story for tax payers libs leaches need not read you have to pay taxes to use deductions only a lib would yhink it is stealing to keep more of YOUR MONEY
Jan 19, 2014 1:20PM
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Okay, they let a woman write off breast implants to get bigger tips? Did they tax those cash tips she received? I think this is stupid. However, I do think those of us that adopt rescue animals should be allowed to write off vet bills and food. It costs a lot annually to take care of these fat cats and hog dogs! But I'd rather not see them euthanized.

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