Former Anchor Tried To Deduct Thong Underwear, Bedding On Taxes
A former Central Ohio news anchor is learning the hard way that cotton thongs are not tax deductible.
According to a story by Nina Mandell at nydailynews.com, Anietra Hamper landed in court after claiming a variety of beauty-related expenses on her tax return, including manicures, teeth whitening, gym fees, sportswear, bedding, cotton bikini underwear and thongs she insisted were necessary to do her job.
The 38-year-old spent quite a lot of cash on her appearance too, according to the lawsuit. She applied for a whopping $167,356 in expenses between 2005 and 2008.
"Petitioner's clothing purchases for work consisted of such items as traditional business suits, lounge wear, a robe, sportswear, active wear, lingerie, cotton bikini and cotton thong underwear, and evening wear. She also deducted expenses for an Ohio State jersey, jewelry, bedding, running and walking shoes, and dry cleaning costs," the suit alleged.
Hamper's lawyers argued the expenses were all just part of her very public job.
"Consistent with the requirement that petitioner maintain a neat, professional, and conservative appearance, and as a part of her community appearances, she incurred considerable expenses for clothing and for maintaining her appearance during the years at issue," they wrote in court papers.
A tax court denied the expense deduction.
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