Every tax season, many taxpayers itemize the deductions they have on their taxes. For them, it’s better then taking the standard deduction.
Many of the medical expenses they pay during the year can be included in that total. However, many can NOT be included.
Here’s a list of medical expenses that are NOT tax deductible.
- Baby sitting and childcare
- Bottled water
- Contributions to Archer MSAs (see IRS Publication. 969)
- Diaper service
- Expenses for your general health (even if following your doctor’s advice) such as:
—Health club dues
—Household help (even if recommended by a doctor)
—Social activities, such as dancing or swimming lessons
—Trip for general health improvement
- Flexible spending account reimbursements for medical expenses (if contributions were on a pre-tax basis)
- Funeral, burial, or cremation expenses
- Health savings account payments for medical expenses
- Operation, treatment, or medicine that is illegal under Federal or state law
- Life insurance or income protection policies, or policies providing payment for loss of life, limb, sight, etc.
- Maternity clothes
- Medical insurance included in a car insurance policy covering all persons injured in or by your car
- Medicine you buy without a prescription
- Nursing care for a healthy baby
- Prescription drugs you brought in (or ordered shipped) from another country, in most cases
- Nutritional supplements, vitamins, herbal supplements, “natural medicines,” etc., unless recommended by a medical practitioner as a treatment for a specific medical condition diagnosed by a physician
- Surgery for purely cosmetic reasons
- Toothpaste, toiletries, cosmetics, etc.
- Teeth whitening
- Weight-loss expenses not for the treatment of obesity or other disease
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