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The twisted world of the tax deduction

Accountants are paid for their ability to decipher the convoluted federal and state tax codes. Codes are designed to secretly convey valuable information. Accountants earn their salaries by presenting alternative interpretations of these codes in order to reduce their clients’ taxes.

The tax deduction that US Senate nominee Gabriel Gomez claimed on his Cohasset home is just one of innumerable loosely defined rules secretly hidden within the thousands of pages of the tax code.

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Is the deduction valid? Is waterboarding torture? Is the existing tax code torture?

Matt Murray

Mattapoisett

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