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Filmmaker - Filmmaker beats IRS, proves that documentary filmmaking is not a hobby



Independent documentary filmmaker Lee Storey has won her long battle with the Internal Revenue Service over deductions related to her film, SMILE TIL IT HURTS, THE UP WITH PEOPLE STORY. The IRS's case against story panicked the documentary community as it was poised to declare documentary filmmaking itself “a hobby” and not a professional, profit-seeking endeavor eligible for tax deductions. However, the same judge, Tax Court Judge Diane L. Kroupa, who said during a hearing, “By its very nature, a documentary to me means that it's not for profit. You're doing it to educate. You're doing it to expose,” has now ruled for Storey and against the IRS, who had seeked over a quarter of a million dollars in back taxes from Storey.