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Anietra Hamper, 38, a former news anchor at WCMH-TV in Columbus, Ohio, thought a lot of the things she bought should be tax-deductible, on the theory that the items were “necessary” for her job. The items included manicures, gym memberships, bedding, jewelry, lingerie, running and walking shoes, thong underwear, and a self-defense class. Her lawyers argued the $167,356 in unusual expenses over four years was “Consistent with the requirement that petitioner maintain a neat, professional and conservative appearance.” The IRS disagreed, and sued her for back taxes. “Unfortunately, petitioner has not shown how her gym membership fees were related to her business,” a tax court ruled, “or that they were otherwise an ordinary and necessary business expenses for her position as a news anchor,” and disallowed her liberal deductions. (RC/New York Daily News) ...But I do like the theory that liberal deductions are necessary for a conservative appearance.
Original Publication Date: 13 March 2011
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.

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