After 2012, the limitation on deductible medical expenses increases for most taxpayers from the current 7.5% of AGI to 10% (it remains at 7.5% for taxpayers age 65 and over through 2016). So if you need some dental work, laser eye surgery, or other elective but deductible medical procedures, you might consider doing so sooner than later to take advantage of the current lower AGI limit. (But forget that face lift or other nip and tuck procedure you’ve been thinking about – cosmetic surgery costs aren’t deductible unless related to a physical injury or disfiguring disease.) Also, if you are paying for a procedure over time, it might be appropriate to pay it all at once to increase your currently deductible medical expenses.
Determining whether the tax benefits after the AGI limit is applied warrant the current expenditure can be complicated, and you may wish to call this office for assistance.
The following is a checklist of deductible medical expenses. The list is by no means all-inclusive, and some of the deductions listed may have additional restrictions not included here.
|Abortion, Legal||Lead-Based Paint Removal|
|Artificial Limb||Learning Disability|
|Alcoholism Treatment||Medical Services|
|Artificial Limb||Mentally Retarded, Special Home for|
|Artificial Teeth||Nursing Home|
|Birth Control Pills||Nursing Services|
|Braille Books and Magazines||Operations|
|Christian Science Practitioner||Organ Donors|
|Drug Addiction Treatment||Psychiatric Care|
|Fertility Enhancement||Special Schools and Education|
|Hearing Aids||Stop Smoking Programs|
|Laboratory Fees||Weight-Loss Program|
|Laser Eye Surgery||Wig (Cancer Patient)|
Please call this office with questions regarding these or other potential medical deductions.