However, none can top the deduction of Chesty Morgan, an enterprising stripper from Detroit, who sought to claim her breast implants as a medical expense. A tax court judge busted Chesty on that one, but he did her a bigger favor by allowing her to write off the operation as an un-reimbursed business expense. (As a medical deduction, Chesty would have only been allowed to write off the operation if her costs exceeded a whopping 7.5 percent of her income. Business write-offs can be claimed if they top just 2 percent of her pay, so they're more valuable.)
The ruling quickly caught the attention of tax professionals nationwide.
"Everyone had something to say about it," recalls Joseph Anthony, a tax preparer in Portland, Ore. "Taxes can get pretty dry sometimes, but when something comes up with strippers, all the guy tax pros can't wait to put in their two cents."
And, of course, once someone gets away with something, everyone wants to try it.