Tax season is in full swing and people are trying to deduct all that they can. The United States tax code allows for many unusual but legitimate tax deductions, tax credits, and exemptions. For example, hot tubs and swimming pools are not just for the rich and famous. If you have a medical condition that a good soak or swimming regimen could help—you could write off the expense of a new pool… as long as you’ve got a doctor’s note. Here is a sampling of some of the more noteworthy unusual tax breaks that have been successfully claimed. Some of these might even apply to you.
The story of Cuba's first transsexual to undergo gender reassignment surgery is coming to the big screen in a documentary getting its premiere Wednesday on the Communist-ruled island, its director said."Mavi Sussel underwent (male-to-female) gender reassignment surgery in 1988 and the documentary is a journey inside this woman, and about the prejudices and problems she has faced, and the questioning of her womanliness," filmmaker Marilyn Solaya said, quoted on the official news agency AIN, ahead of the film's launch Thursday.
Legend has it that an exotic dancer was once allowed to deduct the cost of ‘enhancements’ as a business expense. That one may just be a popular tax-geek myth — but there are plenty of verified, documented cases of weird and wonderful tax deductions our fellow Americans have attempted to claim.
A federal court judge on Tuesday ordered Massachusetts officials to provide sex-reassignment surgery for a transsexual prison inmate, after determining that it was the only adequate treatment for the inmate's mental illness.