Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by FloridaMom, Jan 20, 2011.
Curious. Can these things be written off with your medical expenses?
bumping, cause I wanna know too.. and what about medical alert wear..
The IRS publication on medical expenses is Pub. 502
It says "medical expenses" are:
Medical expenses are the costs of diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease, and the costs for treatments affecting any part or function of the body. These expenses include payments for legal medical services rendered by physicians, surgeons, dentists, and other medical practitioners. They include the costs of equipment, supplies, and diagnostic devices needed for these purposes.
Medical care expenses must be primarily to alleviate or prevent a physical or mental defect or illness. They do not include expenses that are merely beneficial to general health, such as vitamins or a vacation.
A pump pouch and medical alert bracelets might fall under that definition, but only the amount that exceeds 7.5% of adjusted gross income is deductible, which prevents many from taking any deduction.
I'll try to answer, because dh does our taxes. We itemize almost everything because he is self-employed as a pastor, plus another full-time job. He did count dd's pump, supplies, etc. Now, she got her pump last year, so we are still paying on it. He talked to someone at IRS and they told him that we could only claim what we had paid for the pump during the year. (Which, of course, makes sense.)
For us, we would of had to of had over $4,000 out of pocket before we could claim it.
That's why we count anything and everything. Camp, FFL conference it all is deductable. Diabetes stuff added to the rest of the family puts us way over the minimum need to claim medical. Batteries, juice for lows, glucotabs, medical supplies, appointments, mileage for driving to appointments.
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