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By Diogenes (articles - email) | Feb 03, 2010

A US tax court has ruled that Rhiannon O'Donnabhain can deduct the $25,000 that he spent to become she: the medical costs of sex-change surgery. The court ruled that the Internal Revenue Service was wrong to say that the surgery was not medically necessary, since O'Donnabhain was suffering from that well known disease, "gender identity disorder." 

The court added, however, that O'Donnahbain could not deduct the added cost of breast-enhancement surgery. The tax court found that for a man (starting out) who suffers from gender-identity disorder, it's medically necessary to have breasts, but not necessary to have big ones. And you thought Solomon was wise!

Look on the bright side. Although O'Donnabhain can deduct these medical expenses, he (or she, depending on when the check was dated) paid the costs by him/herself. In a matter of weeks, if President Obama and the US bishops have their way, and the tax-court judgment stands, the American taxpayer could be footing the bill.

Richard Cross holds a doctorate in psychology, who has taught at the university level, including at Franciscan University. He is currently an educational researcher and consultant in the field of psychology and related disciplines.
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