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Should make-up purchases be tax-deductible?

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A new study published in the journal Research in Social Stratification and Mobility has found that women who groom well and wear makeup at work make more money than women who don’t — lending credence to the idea that wearing make-up might be possible to write-off as a cost of doing business. Interestingly, the study indicated that genetics were less important than proper make-up — as The Washington Post reported, less attractive but “more well-groomed women earned significantly more, on average, than attractive or very attractive women who weren’t considered well-groomed.”

Legally speaking, explained Fred Giertz, professor of economics emeritus at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, it would be hard to deduct make-up as a work expense unless one works as “an entertainer or a clown or something.” However, he added, if cosmetic costs exceed two percent of one’s annual income, make-up and grooming products could be deductible if listed under the “other expense” column. Make-up and grooming costs women an average of $1,351 per person per year — roughly three percent of the average woman’s yearly earnings.

Read the full story at Fusion.

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