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This Chart of Bizarre Tax Breaks Will Either Confuse, Amuse, or Infuriate You


Clarinet lessons?

The famously unwieldy and complex U.S. tax code is rife with bizarre benefits and breaks hidden throughout its many, many pages.

Just how bizarre?

We’re glad you asked. We have a few examples we’d like to talk discuss. The following chart from the editors at Top Accounting Degrees names just a few of the weirdest deductions available for things like sex-change operations, clarinet lessons, and whaling ships:

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Note concerning tax deductible medical expenses: The Internal Revenue Service allows taxpayers to deduct medical expenses so long as they're 7.5 percent or more of their adjusted gross income.


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