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Traditionally during tax season, filers look for expenses that qualify as tax deductions -- as many as they can find. But there are some deductions you should steer clear of.

If you claim these wrong write-offs, you'll deduct expenses that don't meet IRS guidelines.

And that means you'll end up spending time with a tax auditor and paying more in taxes, penalties and interest.

Bankrate doesn't want that to happen to you, so we've put together this list of expenses you might be tempted to claim. Don't you dare!

But don't get too upset. We've also provided some related tax breaks that do pass IRS muster and will lower your tax bill.

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