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August 2008

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Is a Facelift Tax Deductible?

Can actors or salespeople deduct the cost of a facelift when their faces are part of their business? (R.H., New York, N.Y.)


Deducting a facelift as a medical expense is out. Section 213(d)(9) states: “The term ‘medical care’ does not include cosmetic surgery or other similar procedures, unless the surgery or procedure is necessary to ameliorate a deformity arising from, or directly related to, a congenital abnormality, a personal injury resulting from an accident or trauma, or ... Log in to view full article.

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