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Crazy Tax Deductions: Breast Implants, Swimming Pools and More

It's tax season, which means people across the nation are wracking their brains to think of things to claim as business costs or medical expenses. Taxpayers looking for guidance in their own quests to maximize deductions would do well to check out our gallery, which includes both inspiring instances of successful savings and cautionary tales of IRS Icaruses who flew too close to the sun.

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Cities with the Lowest Tax Rates

The total amount of tax you pay reaches far beyond what you owe the federal government. Depending on where you live, most likely you're required to pay additional taxes, including property and sales tax. The disparity between the amount of tax you pay in a low-tax city and that in a high-tax city can be dramatic. Living in any of these 10 cities could save you a bundle, although the exact amount may fluctuate based on your income and lifestyle choices.

Cities with the Highest Tax Rates

Much ado is made in the press about federal tax brackets, but cities can carry a tax bite of their own. Even if you live in a state that has no income tax, your city may levy a variety of taxes that could eat away the entire benefit of living in an income tax-free state, including property taxes, sales taxes and auto taxes. Consider all the costs before you move to one of these cities, and understand that rates may change based on your family's income level.

Great Ways to Get Charitable Tax Deductions

Generally, when you give money to a charity, you can use the amount of that donation as a deduction on your tax return. However, not all charities qualify as tax-deductible organizations. While there are many types of charities, they must all meet certain criteria to be classified by the IRS as tax-deductible organizations. There are legitimate tax-deductible organizations in many popular categories, such as those listed below.

A Freelancer's Guide to Taxes

Freelancing certainly has its benefits, but it can result in a few complications come tax time. The Internal Revenue Service considers freelancers to be self-employed, so if you earn income as a freelancer you must file your taxes as a business owner. While you can take additional deductions if you are self-employed, you'll also face additional taxes in the form of the self-employment tax. Here are things to consider as a freelancer when filing your taxes.

Tax Deductions for Voluntary Interest Payments on Student Loans

Most taxpayers who pay interest on student loans can take a tax deduction for the expense ? and you can do this regardless of whether you itemize tax deductions on your return. The rules for claiming the deduction are the same whether the interest payments were required or voluntary.

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years back central air conditioning was a deduction for asthmatics. not any more

April 11 2013 at 9:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Business deductions must include things like office machines so why not bigger boobs? Reduction goes to medical.

April 06 2013 at 2:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

so ridiculous she can claim a deduction for something she opts to do

April 06 2013 at 11:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Warm in the winter shade in the summer.

April 06 2013 at 10:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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I once saw Chesty at the Indy 500 track .... she had a tiny dog in her cleavage ... it was certainly something to see lol

April 06 2013 at 9:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I can understand she makes more money. However, what's really sad is she has an excellent figure (excluding the obvious), and a very pretty face. Give her a haircut and a normal size chest and she would be one hot mama!

April 06 2013 at 7:33 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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her face? i guess someone needs to school me on what a pretty face is.

April 11 2013 at 1:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

fake don't count

April 05 2013 at 10:16 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

When she has the reduction they should be made about the size of her brain, pea sized.

April 05 2013 at 9:56 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Tax deductions on ****?! That is so weird

April 05 2013 at 9:02 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

Well.. She has most certainly succeeded in looking cheap and tacky.

April 05 2013 at 8:42 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply