UPDATE: With tax season now here, accountants are saying that many people think they don’t have enough medical bills to get them over the 7.5% deduction hurdle. To enjoy the maximum write-off, these experts advise that you know exactly what qualifies as a medical expense deduction.

Did you know that the following are tax deductible?

  • Mileage, parking fees, and tolls for trips to the doctor, dentist and pharmacy
  • TV and telephone adapters if you’re the hearing impaired
  • Cost of meals at a hospital if you’re there to get medical care

Medical expenses that are often overlooked as  include uninsured medical treatments, such as:

  • An extra pair of eyeglasses or set of contacts
  • False teeth
  • Hearing aids
  • Bandages
  • Pregnancy test kits
  • Rental for crutches
  • Artificial limbs
  • Improvements or special equipment installed in your home (e.g., grab bars, bathroom modifications, humidifiers, and warning systems*

*Costs to operate and maintain these items are deductible if their main reason is for medical care.

For a complete list of what you can and cannot count as a deduction, check out Publication 502 on the IRS website. It may save you some money.

Karen Owoc

I’m a Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Clinical Exercise Physiologist certified by the American College of Sports Medicine, KRON 4's weekly health expert, speaker, and author of my book on functional longevity, “Athletes in Aprons: The Nutrition Playbook to Break 100".

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