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Hello JA Customer,
What you were told is correct -- which is that if these fees were never included in your taxable income to begin with, then you cannot claim a tax deduction for the fees paid.
If you are an employee of the salon where you work and they include these fees as part of your taxable wages in box 1 of your W-2 form, then you could claim the fees as an employee expense. Or if you are an independent contractor and the fees you pay are included in the income reported to you on a 1099 form, then you could claim the fees as a business expense. But if the fees were never included as part of your taxable income, then there is nothing you are allowed to deduct, as you did not pay tax on those fees to begin with. By the employer not including them as part of your taxable income, that is in effect already deducting it from the income you pay taxes on.
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