IRS Adds More Medical and Dental Expenses Deductions
The IRS allows you to deduct a certain amount of medical expenses if you itemize deductions. Qualified medical deductions are expenses you paid during the tax year for yourself, your spouse, or your dependents.
Here is a list of Qualified Medical Deductions that apply to you:
abortion, acupuncture, addiction treatment, ambulance service, annual physical examination, artificial teeth, autoette
bandage, blood sugar test kit, body scan, breast pumps, breast reconstruction surgery, birth control pills, Braille books and magazines
capital expenses, car (special equipment), chiropractor, Christian Science practitioner, clinic costs, contact lenses, cosmetic surgery to correct a disfigurement, crutches
dental treatments, dentist, diagnostic devices, diagnostic tests, disabled dependent care expenses, doctor visit, drug addiction treatment, drugs (when prescribed by a physician)
eye doctor, eyeglasses, eye surgery (including laser)
fertility enhancement, founder’s fees
guide dog or other helper animal service
health institute, health maintenance organization, hearing aids, home care, home improvements, hospital fees and services
insulin, insulin treatments, insurance premiums, (care for the) intellectually or developmentally disabled
laboratory fees, lactation supplies, lead-based paint removal, learning disability, legal fees, lifetime care, lodging while receiving medical care (up to $50 a person per night), long-term care: the maximum Long Term Care deduction depends on the actual age before the close of the taxable year: Age 40 or less: $420; Ages between 40 and 50: $790; Ages between 50 and 60: $1,580; Ages between 60 and 70: $4,220 and over 70: $5,270.
meals, medical conferences, medical examinations, medical information plan, medical services, Medicare Part B supplemental costs, Medicare Part D premiums, prescription medicines (when prescribed by a physician)
nursing help, nursing services
occupational therapy, operations, optometrist, organ donors, osteopath, oxygen
physical examination, physical therapy, podiatrist, pregnancy tests and pregnancy test kit, prescription drugs and medicines, prosthesis, psychiatric care, psychoanalysis, psychologist
special education, sterilization, stop-smoking programs and prescription drugs, surgery
telephone, television, therapy, transplants, transportation**, trips, tuition (under special circumstances)
vasectomy, vision correction surgery
weight-loss program*, wheelchair, whirlpool baths (if ordered by a doctor), wig
*You may deduct expenses incurred for a weight loss program if that weight loss was conducted after the diagnosis of a specific illness by your doctor.