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Stop, Thief

August 21st, 2017

pepper spray

In another case of a denied medical expense deduction, a woman tried to apply the old maxim “an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure” by claiming that her pepper spray was a medical expense. Her argument was that an attack would kill her due to her weakened heart. The issue with this one is not that she didn’t suffer from a medical condition, it is that there isn’t much of a connection between pepper spray and treatment of a heart condition. The pepper spray also can’t be considered to prevent disease because it didn’t actually prevent her weak heart condition. There just wasn’t enough of a connection between the pepper spray and her condition to justify the deduction.

If you or someone you know is needing help with taxes, give us a call at 816-524-4949 or visit our website at

Dancing with the IRS

August 18th, 2017


Celebrities often use Dancing with the Stars to rehab their image, but the IRS doesn’t allow dancing as an expense to rehab your wallet at tax time. The IRS has consistently rules that taxpayers may not deduct dancing lessons as a medical expense. People have tried this for various conditions such as varicose veins, arthritis, and nervous disorders. All of these have been tried by taxpayers and denied by the IRS.

If you need some help with your taxes, give us a call at 816-524-4949 or visit our website at

Deductible Sex Changes

August 17th, 2017


One exception to deducting medical expenses for changing one;s appearance is that taxpayers have been allowed a deduction for a sex change operation.

The taxpayer in the O’Donnabhain case was diagnosed with a gender-identity disorder because he felt he was a woman trapped in a male body. The taxpayer tried to deduct $22,000 in out of pocket medical expenses for various surgeries, including hormone therapy, breast augmentation, and sexual reassignment surgeries.

The Tax Court ruled that the taxpayer was able to deduct $14,500 as a qualified medical tax deduction because they felt the surgeries and hormone therapy promoted the proper function of the body or prevented or treated an illness or disease.

However, the Tax Court disallowed the cost of the breast augmentation surgery because they felt that it was strictly for improving the taxpayer’s appearance.

If you are seeking help with some tax issues, give us a call at 816-524-4949 or visit our website at

Ink Me

August 16th, 2017


While beauty may be in the eye of the holder, the IRS says it’s not subjective whether expenses to improve or alter your looks are deductible. The rule still applies that you can’t deduct cosmetic surgery or similar items. This means that tattoos, body piercings, and most cosmetic surgeries are not deductible. However, some forms of cosmetic surgery are deductible, if for treatment of a disease or condition. An example would be skin grafts and surgeries for a burn victim.

Regret is not a medical condition, so the removal of that full back tattoo of your first crush is not deductible.

If you are dealing with some tax issues you can contact us by phone at 816-524-4949 or visit our website at

Dressmaker Alfred Angelo Says Its Dresses are Not Coming

August 14th, 2017


Three weeks after filing for bankruptcy, the bridal company Alfred Angelo has told its customers that their dresses won’t be coming. Customers who believe they are owed money should file a proof of claim.

If you need representation in bankruptcy court, contact our law office at 816-524-4949 or visit our website at

Using Bankruptcy to Escape Student Loans

August 11th, 2017


It is very difficult to have bankruptcy erase your student loan debt.  In order to satisfy the undue hardship portion of the test in order to discharge student loan debt, you will need to show that you are unable to meet your minimally necessary living expenses in order for you to survive.  Bankruptcy courts have ruled that a mere unpleasantness associated with repaying the student loan debt is not sufficient.

If you are thinking of filing for bankruptcy, contact our law office at 816-524-4949 or visit our website at

Scam Artists Posing as Our Law Office

August 10th, 2017

Our office received a complaint today alleging that we sent out a letter claiming that we would sue that person if they did not pay a debt. Our office does not sue anyone for not paying their credit card debt and we would never call people and threaten to sue them if they did not pay their creditors. If you happen to receive a letter from First Debt Resolution or Great Western Debt Relief stating that we work with them and that our office will sue you if you do not pay, please call or email our office immediately. These two companies do not have any affiliation with our law office.

Attacking a Cop is a Costly Dangerous Felony

August 10th, 2017

assaulting an officer

Missouri law requires that a person serve 85% of their sentence if they are convicted of a dangerous felony.   Assaulting a police officer is considered a dangerous felony and therefore, if convicted of the crime, you may not be eligible for parole for a while.

If you have been charged with a crime and would like some legal help, contact our law office at 816-524-4949 or visit our website at

Repossessing Your Dog

August 2nd, 2017


Missouri courts will not honor contracts with pet adoption shelters that transfer ownership of a pet to you but then cite specific conditions which would cause the animal shelter to take the pet back.  Once the pet has been transferred to you and is yours to own, the animal shelter may not repossess the pet.

If you are facing a contract dispute and would like to speak with an attorney, contact our law office at 816-524-4949 or visit our website at

Cannot Appeal a Motion for Summary Judgment

July 31st, 2017

appeal motion

Missouri courts have stated that a court’s decision regarding a motion for summary judgment, whether it is denied or approved, is not appealable.  Since they are not appealable, it is important to respond to a motion for summary judgment as best as possible in order to protect yourself.

If you have been sued and need assistance, contact our law office at 816-524-4949 or visit our website at