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?
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
- 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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You can claim the standard deduction vs. itemize deductions to lower your taxable income. The standard deduction lowers your income by one fixed amount. Itemized deductions are made up of a list of eligible expenses.
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