When it comes to medical expenses your doctor has more say in what is deductible than the Internal Revenue Service.
Over the years, when prescribed by a doctor, a medical deduction has been allowed for:
- The “additional” costs of special food products to alleviate a specific medical condition
- Clarinet lessons to treat a dental condition
- Commuting to work when employment was prescribed as therapy to treat a psychological condition
- An exercise or weight-loss program to alleviate a specific medical condition (including obesity)
- A nightly glass of wine for a person suffering from angina
- Lamaze and other childbirth preparation classes
- A mattress and board to alleviate an arthritic condition
- A reclining chair for a person with a cardiac condition
- Therapeutic swimming costs
- A trained cat to alert a hearing impaired person of unusual sounds
- A wig for the mental health of a patient with hair loss caused by disease
- Whirlpool baths
Taxpayers have also been able to deduct:
- Lead paint removal if a child has been poisoned from eating the paint
- Legal fees paid to authorize treatment for mental illness
- The registration fee for travel to and from a medical conference to acquire medical information to be used in making decisions relating to a specific chronic medical condition or disease
- A self-administered pregnancy test kit
New Jersey tax pro Robert D. Flach has been preparing 1040s for individuals since 1972.
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