Question

If I can’t claim my child as a dependent. I am claiming non-dependent medical expenses for the medical treatment I paid for. Is this allowed by the IRS?

Answer

Exceptions exist for claiming non-dependent medical expenses on your tax return. The exceptions allow you to claim medical expenses of someone who is not your dependent. You can claim an exception for any of these people:

  • A person who was your dependent either:
    • When the service was performed
    • When the medical expense was paid
  • A child of divorced or separated parents. This child is treated as a dependent of both parents. Each parent can claim the medical expenses he or she paid for the child. For this to apply:
    • The child must be in the custody of one or both parents for more than half the year and receive over half of his or her support during the year from his or her parents.
    • One of these must apply to the parents:
      • They’re divorced or legally separated under a decree of divorce or separate maintenance.
      • They’re separated under a written separation agreement.
      • They’ve lived apart at all times during the last six months of the year.
  • An individual you would have been allowed to claim as a dependent except one of these applied:
    • He or she received gross income of $4,050 or more in the year.
    • He or she filed a joint return for the year.
    • You (or your spouse if married filing jointly) could be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s return in the current year.

 

Related Topics

Related Resources

What Is a CPA or Certified Public Accountant?

What is a CPA, and how can one help you with preparing your taxes? Understand the role of a certified public accountant with the experts at H&R Block.

What Is Head of Household and Who Can Claim It?

Head of household is a filing status for single or unmarried taxpayers who have maintained a home for a qualifying person, such as a child or relative. This filing status provides a larger standard deduction and more generous tax rates for calculating federal income tax than the Single filing status.

Direct Sellers and Taxes – How Does it Work?

Many are surprised to learn that even side gigs come with a tax price. H&R Block Tax pro's have arranged expert tips for those who owe direct sales taxes.

Can I Claim Medical Expenses on My Taxes? What Can I Claim?

If you’re itemizing deductions, the IRS generally allows you a medical expenses deduction if you have unreimbursed expenses that are more than 7.5% of your adjusted gross income for tax years 2017 or 2018. You can deduct the cost of care from several types of practitioners at various stages of care.