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.
An appeal board has rejected a transgender woman’s plea to have her sex-change surgery in the United States reimbursed by Ontario’s medicare system, underlining Canadian health care’s struggle to handle a surging demand for gender-altering services.
Amanda Pearson now plans to push ahead with a complaint to Ontario’s Human Rights Tribunal, arguing the province’s backlogged, restrictive system — resulting in years’ long wait lists for taxpayer-funded surgery — discriminates against transgender people.
A B.C. woman has been arrested for carrying out an arson attack on the Montreal surgical clinic that is the only place in Canadian providing the most complex forms of gender reassignment surgery.
Jayne Ellen Heideck, 42, was detained Monday by RCMP officers in Kelowna, B.C., and is being returned to Montreal.
She will face charges stemming from a fire in early May at the Centre métropolitain de chirurgie in Montreal.
Canadians no longer need to undergo sex-reassignment surgery in order to change the gender marker on their citizenship certificate under new reforms from Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
As of February, those wishing to change their gender on the certificate need only now submit provincially or territorially-issued documentation such as amended birth certificate.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California prison officials are setting the first standards for which transgender inmates should receive state-funded sex-reassignment surgery after spending years in court fighting to block the operations.