Thursday, April 8, 2010

Top Ten List of Things Women Should Be Able To Write Off On Their Taxes

Yes, T-Day is rolling around again. With the exception of CPAs, this time of year can leave a sour taste in everyone's mouth.

It's no picnic preparing taxes with your significant other either. In our house, you'll hear "I thought you had those documents!" more than once and it never fails to make
us cross when we see how much of our paychecks have already gone to Uncle Sam.

So I had an idea. I thought I'd submit a list of things that should count as personal tax breaks. You know - a top ten list of necessities required to keep me functioning in my job as writer and C.E.O. of the Home.
  1. Weekly mani/pedis - I'm typing all the time. My nails need to be short and clean.
  2. Monthly massage - hunched over the keyboard or the bed while folding laundry or the bathtub with the grout cleaner results in sore muscles.
  3. Facials - At least four a year. I can't come up with a good reason for these, I just like them.
  4. Botox - Couldn't I just try it, describe the experience in a book, and write it off as research?
  5. Designer shoes or a purse - one pair or one purse per season - Professional clothing allowance.
  6. Chocolate - once a day. The good kind. A dietary necessity.
  7. Annual vacation to tropical paradise - Again, research write off.
  8. Monthly visit to hair salon - basic grooming should be rewarded, no?
  9. Takeout - once a week. Well, you want me to work doing my paying job and sometimes cooking and other household chores get in the way.
  10. Books - At least one a week. File that under 'required for mental stability.'
There you go, ladies. What would you add to my list?


Mare F said...

LOL. Great list. I would add coffee, or whatever caffinated beverage applies, to provide the energy to work.

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

Oh, good idea Mare.

How about...laundry? And Dry cleaning? You've got to have clothes for book tour, right?

Anita Clenney said...

Diet soda; Milk Duds to keep me from falling asleep while I work; and diamonds....there's always a good reason for diamonds.

Lover of Books said...

I would add a retreat or paying for hotels that you use during conferences or do you get to write that off?


Melissa Eiselein said...

Great list!
I'd add housekeeping services. After all, you've got to have someone come in and take care of the basics while you're busy typing.

Kate Collins said...

A cook! Who has time to prepare meals when every minute that passes is vital in order to meet a deadline?
Also, a big supply of Vitamin D for stamina to keep pounding those keys.
Oh, wait! A new keyboard! They wear out so quickly....

signlady217 said...

Any type of "retail therapy"; Hobby Lobby is a great stress releaser! (Love those shoes in that picture!)

jbstanley said...

Okay, adding Milk Duds, diet soda, cleaning service, and cook. We are starting to soon like Hollywood celebs, no?

Andrea C. said...

Maid Service for and a cook for sure!!!!!! Great list you generated though! :)

Laurissa said...

How about a personal trainer? After sitting at a keyboard all day, you have to do something physical to stay in shape. You need to look good in your professional clothing for your book tour. :-)

Professor Stacy said...

iTunes (need mood music)!

Vicki said...

Wow, what a great list! I would love the cook part...that is truly the hardest thing for me to do while working.

Jan said...

All of the above, plus an allowance for cat litter (or dog poop scoop service),kibble & cans, vet visits, grooming, and the mileage! Our pets help keep us sane, so they and their needs should be considered "Mental Health Expense" deductions. At the very least, we should be able to claim them as dependents!!

Sarah said...

I think you've about covered it :-) Great job!


Anonymous said...

I love it! I have to get furniture as a tax break. My bum has to be comfortable!