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Woman Says Sex-Change Tax Battle Also Helps Others

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2010/02/03/business/AP-US-Se...

A woman who battled the IRS over a tax deduction for the costs of her sex-change operation says she feels like she won a victory for all transgender people.

Rhiannon O'Donnabhain, who was born a man, sued the Internal Revenue Service in 2007 after the agency rejected a $5,000 deduction for about $25,000 in medical expenses associated with the sex-change surgery, finding it was a cosmetic procedure and not medically necessary.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Tax Court ruled that O'Donnabhain should be allowed to deduct the costs of her treatment for gender-identity disorder, including sex-reassignment surgery and hormone treatments.
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I wonder if anyone has tried to deduct the costs of more routine cosmetic procedures by claiming to suffer from body dysmorphic disorder.

--fleg
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