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Tax Deductible Medical Expenses

Tax Deductible Medical Expenses

Refer to this list of medical expenses, which are considered deductible while filing for tax. Everyone wants to save whatever little they can after all.
Neha Joshi
Whether you're sure of an expense being deductible or not, it is always advised to keep your receipts carefully.
Today, we have a number of tax deductions available that reduce the amount we have to pay as our tax. One of these are medical expenses. Other tax deductions are certain education expenses, charity, payments to retirement and health organizations, interest payable on specific home loans, etc. Medical expenses are deducted from the yearly tax you have to pay. These deductions are implemented to help the citizens pay less. You can provide bills that state medical expenditure on self and dependents. Dental expenses too, are considered tax deductible. However, cosmetic dentistry may not be.

Which Medical Expenses Are Tax Deductible?

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. Medical expenses 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.        
~Internal Revenue Service (IRS) 

This definition might give rise to confusion. The part that says 'prevent a physical or mental defect or illness', can be applicable to many situations, isn't it? In cases where there is ambiguity, it is best you approach a tax consultant. Also, the list of tax deductions for medical expenses are listed in Topic 502.

List of Tax Deductible Medical Expenses

All medical expenses that can be termed as one of the following can stand valid for tax deduction. If there is an expense that does not fit in any of the categories mentioned below, but has been incurred for prevention of a disease or illness, it should be filed after consultation.
  • Abortion
  • Acupuncture
  • Alcoholism
  • Ambulance
  • Artificial Limb
  • Artificial Teeth
  • Birth Control/Contraceptive Pills
  • Braille books and magazines
  • Capital Expenses
  • Car (Customized for Illness)
  • Chiropractor
  • Christian Science Practitioner
  • Contact Lenses (Not Cosmetic)
  • Crutches
  • Dental Treatment
  • Drug Addiction
  • Eyeglasses
  • Fertility Enhancement
  • Guide Dogs
  • Health Institute
  • Health Maintenance Organization (HMO)
  • Hearing Aids
  • Home Care
  • Hospital Services
  • Medical Insurance Premiums
  • Laboratory Fees
  • Laser Eye Surgery
  • Lead-based Paint Removal
  • Learning Disability
  • Legal Fees
  • Lifetime Care Payments in Advance
  • Lodging
  • Long-term Care
  • Meals during Illness
  • Medical Conferences
  • Medicines
  • Mentally Retarded
  • Nursing Home
  • Nursing Services
  • Osteopath
  • Oxygen
  • Psychiatric care
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Special schools and Education
  • Sterilization
  • Programs to Quit Smoking
  • Therapy
  • Transplants
  • Transportation
  • Trips
  • Vasectomy
  • Weight-loss program
  • X-rays
It is very important to keep a record of all your receipts. Without these medical receipts, you won't be able to file for these deductions.