So I fully believe that there is a population that thinks common deductions = shady white collar crime.
First off, don't adopt a dumb shite belief as your own simply because some imbecile doesn't understand what deductions are, what they are intended to do or who is eligible to receive them. Secondly, deductions on your taxes are credits that you receive for meeting certain criteria which reduce the amount you are required to pay in taxes for the income you make (with the exception of the EIC-which needs to be reduced or eliminated). Without those deductions you would be paying more than what you end up paying. Whether we like it or not, the tax rules are the law of the land. Meet the criteria, get the deduction. Regardless of what the deduction is, it is still government assisting you with meeting your tax requirement.