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I signed on to tell you that since I no longer do taxes, consider that this list is now possibly incorrect, but it is certainly outdated.  Be very careful using something that is now 4 years old.  (http://caps.fool.com/Blogs/taxes-a-request-and-a/798295)

Oh, and having said that, a comment to needshelp0606 - I am sorry that this no longer comes up under my following heading.  I would not have left your question unanswered.  The IRS has some really clear rules on the situation you put down.  I had occasion to check this yesterday.  The situation you described was actually the exact sort of thing that the rule is intended for.  If your husband had spent 3 months fixing plumbing, it would have been a business.  Since cutting grass has nothing to do with plumbing, it was considered a one time job.   And he could have deducted his gas (for the mower) and his mileage from the commute to and from the job!  I hope you got it right. 

Okay, I'll stop now. 

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