Author Jacob Goldstein broke down the deductions into two groups — “Relatively Common, Somewhat Ridiculous” and “Less Common, More Ridiculous.” Goldstein pointed out that none of the following items are actually tax deductible.
- Gym memberships and country-club dues
- Cosmetic surgery
- Thong underwear (for an actress who needed to avoid visible underwear lines)
- A wedding (under the rationale that clients were invited)
- Vet bills (with the pets listed as dependents)