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October 7, 2010 11:38 AM

Turns Out You Can't Claim Hooker Visits as Deductions

Posted by Zach Lowe

Oh, the things lawyers will try even though they should know better, considering they are, you know, lawyers. Here's one: A former Larchmont, N.Y.-based tax lawyer attempted to claim about $270,000 in tax deductions for money he spent on prostitutes, pornography, and massage therapy, arguing the money should count as medical expenses to "relieve osteoarthritis and enhance erectile function," according to the New York Law Journal, an Am Law Daily sibling publication. 

Shockingly, a three-member New York state Tax Appeals Tribunal denied all but $6,308 of the deductions, ruling that taxpayers cannot claim deductions on money spent to do illegal things--like soliciting a prostitute. As for the porn and massages, the tribunal ruled that William Halby, now 79 and retired, could not cite a medical condition or any evidence that a doctor had recommended such "treatments," the NYLJ reports. Halby worked as a tax specialist at McMillan, Constabile, Maker & Perone, the paper says. He owes $23,083 in unpaid state and New York City taxes, officials said. 

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