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Why boats get tax breaks

How one tax break, originally designed to encourage home-ownership for middle-class Americans, continues to allow the rich to write off vacation homes and yachts.

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CREDIT: Sohail Al-Jamea, Patterson Clark, Karen Yourish - The Washington Post. Published July 22, 2011.

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Building the U.S. tax code, break by break

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