Question

I am itemizing my tax return. Which medical expenses can I deduct?

Answer

When itemizing your medical expenses, the medical expenses you can deduct include:

For the treatment of a disease:

  • Diagnosis
  • Curing
  • Easing
  • Treatment
  • Prevention

If one of those applies, you can also include the associated costs for:

  • Equipment
  • Supplies
  • Diagnostic services

The expenses must be primarily to improve or prevent a physical or mental deficiency or illness.

Deductible medical expenses include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Alcoholism treatment
  • Ambulance service
  • Annual physicals
  • Bandages
  • Birth control
  • Body scan
  • Braces
  • Braille books and magazines for the visually impaired
  • Breast pumps and supplies
  • Chiropractic care
  • Christian Science practitioner care
  • Contact lenses and the supplies required to maintain them
  • Necessary dental treatment (doesn’t include whitening)
  • Diagnostic devices (Ex: blood sugar test kit for a diabetic)
  • Drug addiction treatment
  • Prescribed medications
  • Eye doctor
  • Eye glasses
  • Eye surgery
  • Fertility enhancement
  • Guide dog or other service animal
  • Hearing aids
  • Home care
  • Insulin
  • Insurance premiums
  • Lab fees
  • Lead-based paint removal (not repainting)
  • Certain Medicare A, B, and, D
  • Nursing home or services
  • Oxygen
  • Physical or occupational therapy
  • Prosthesis
  • Psychiatric care
  • Psychologist
  • Sex-reassignment surgery and related hormone therapy for the treatment of gender-identity disorder disease
  • Sterilization
  • Smoking cessation programs except over-the-counter nicotine gums and patches
  • Surgery
  • Transplants
  • Transportation to obtain medical care
  • X-rays

 

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