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Tax Breaks

How to Get a Tax Break for Airline Baggage Fees

Self-employed taxpayers may be eligible for the write-off.

Airlines seem to revel in driving travelers batty with extra fees for baggage, online booking and for changing travel plans.

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These fees add up quickly. Baggage fees collected by U.S airlines alone topped $3 billion during the first nine months of 2016. Cancellation and change fees totaled another $2 billion-plus over the same period.

If you get burned, maybe Uncle Sam will help ease the pain. If you're self-employed and travelling on business, be sure to add those costs to your deductible travel expenses.

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