You can, but it would need to be considered as extra taxable income. Gym membership dues are considered a personal expense. There is no tax law that excludes employee or employer paid third-party membership dues from taxable income. The only time the value of membership dues are excludable from income is if the employer provides a gym facility where substantially all use of the facility during the calendar year is by the employees, their spouses, and their dependent children.
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