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When Your Body is Your Business


Morgan Holcomb


Hamline University - School of Law

Mary Patricia Byrn


William Mitchell College of Law

April 22, 2010

Washington Law Review, Vol. 85, No. 4, 2010
William Mitchell Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2010-10

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Surrogacy in the United States is a multi-million dollar industry in which well paid professionals seek out highly specialized women to fulfill the difficult job of being a surrogate. Surrogates enter lengthy contracts in which they agree, in intricate detail, to provide a service for significant compensation - surrogates are paid well over $22 million dollars a year. This article argues that surrogates are also professionals in this for-profit industry and are required to report surrogacy compensation as income. As a corollary, surrogates may deduct most of their surrogacy related expenses as business deductions. Being a surrogate is a highly personal service and the expenses the surrogate incurs - such as for maternity clothes or medical care - are typically seen as nondeductible personal ones, but when your body is your business, the personal is business.

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Date posted: April 26, 2010 ; Last revised: March 7, 2011

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Holcomb, Morgan and Byrn, Mary Patricia, When Your Body is Your Business (April 22, 2010). Washington Law Review, Vol. 85, No. 4, 2010; William Mitchell Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2010-10. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1594348

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Morgan Holcomb (Contact Author)
Hamline University - School of Law ( email )
1536 Hewitt Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55104-1237
United States
Mary Patricia Byrn
William Mitchell College of Law ( email )
875 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105
United States
651-290-6478 (Phone)
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