Question

I am having a child and would like to know if deducting child birth expenses on my tax return is allowed by the IRS. Can I deduct the child birth expenses as a medical deduction?

Answer

 

In most cases you can deduct child birth expenses on your tax return. Deducting childbirth expenses would be included in your itemized medical expenses and may include the following:

  • Inpatient care at a hospital or similar institution — including meals and lodging
  • Drugs prescribed by a doctor
  • Laboratory fees
  • Operations
  • Pregnancy test kits
  • Travel for and essential to receiving medical care
  • Breast pumps and supplies that assist lactation

To qualify for pregnancy-related tax deductions you will need to keep accurate records and receipts of your health related expenses such as receipts from your doctor visits, necessary medical equipment, hospital visits and medication, to name just a few of the qualifying medical expenses.

To claim your medical expense deductions you will need to itemize your tax return, and you will not be able to claim the standard deduction. You may want to calculate both methods to determine which benefits you most.

 

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