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Actors’ Equity Secretary-Treasurer Sandra Karas Doubts That Donald Trump’s $70,000 In ‘Apprentice’ Haircuts Were Tax Deductible

Actors’ Equity Secretary-Treasurer Sandra Karas Doubts That Donald Trump’s $70,000 In ‘Apprentice’ Haircuts Were Tax Deductible

Sandra Karas, secretary-treasurer of Actors’ Equity, was surprised Monday morning when she read The New York Times’ article about President Trump’s income taxes – and the $70,000 that he reportedly wrote off as a business expense for hair styling in connection with his TV show The Apprentice. “It made me laugh when I saw it in the paper,” she said. “The first thing I thought was, ‘That’s not deductible.’”

Karas isn’t privy to Trump’s Apprentice contract, but said that it’s “unheard of” for producers to make the star of a hit show pay for their own hair and makeup. And Karas should know: As a licensed accountant and tax attorney currently representing, pro bono, a member of the union in a case before the US Tax Court, she oversees the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program in the union’s New York office that helps members fill out their tax returns,

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