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Anchor Anietra Hamper Tries to Set the Record Straight on Infamous Thong Tax Deduction

Former WBNS anchor Anietra Hamper received some unwelcome attention in February as details of her dispute with the IRS were widely circulated, revealing a long list of items that she had questionably listed as business expenses–including thongs, a detail that the Daily News, and many others, pounced on.

Now Hamper, who has been ordered to pay back nearly $20,000 in inappropriate deductions, is trying to set the record straight and make sure that others don’t make the same mistakes she did.

“I would hate for anyone else to go through this,” Hamper recently told The Columbus Dispatch, saying that the deductions were honest mistakes made under the advisement of a tax accountant.

It turns out that much of Hamper’s problems with the IRS came down to the interpretation of the tax law governing work clothes. Read more

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Former Columbus Anchor Lands in Tax Court Over Dubious Job-Related Expenses

Anchor Anietra Hamper, who had worked in the Columbus market for over a decade before departing WBNS last year, landed in tax court this month after reporting $167,356 in job-related expenses, including jewelry, teeth whitening, manicures, makeup, and lingerie.

According to the court ruling:

[Hamper] alleges that she acted in good faith and with reasonable cause in deducting her business expenses because the tax law says that all business expenses that are ordinary and necessary are deductible and that her deductions are specific to the job she performs as a news anchor.

Hamper worked at NBC-affiliate WCMH from 1999 to 2008, before leaving the station and eventually joining crosstown rival WBNS.  The expenses examined in court were reported between 2005 and 2008, during which time Hamper anchored WCMH’s morning and noon newscasts.

In addition to items that helped Hamper maintain her appearance, she also reported costs associated with self-defense classes, which local police allegedly advised her to take since she could be vulnerable to stalking. Hamper did not provide sufficient proof to the court that these classes were attended. Read more