Medical Expenses Tax Deduction for 2015, 2016
Medical expense tax deductions can be claimed for yourself, your spouse, and your dependents. Claiming tax deductions is important to all of us because our tax bill will be reduced.
The expenses have to meet certain qualifications to be eligible.
A general guide line for expenses to qualify for tax deductions would be for the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, prevention of disease, or treatment affecting any structure or function of the body. Most prescription drugs may qualify for the medical expense tax deduction, but insulin does not.
Learning how to claim your medical expense tax deductions does not have to be difficult. TurboTax Online can help you claim all of your tax deductions in a simple interview style. If you have a lot of expenses that need to be itemized to deduct, then tax software is definitely the way to go.
Medical Expenses Tax Deduction Forms
Medical expense tax deductions cannot be claimed on Form 1040A, U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, or 1040EZ, Income Tax Return for Single and Joint Filers With No Dependents. You are only allowed to deduct the amount of medical care expenses that exceed your adjusted gross income by 7.5 percent for the year.
Calculating your medical and dental expenses is similar to balancing a checkbook. You only include the expenses you paid for during the year. You add up the total cost of expenses that exceeded your adjusted gross income by 7.5 percent, and then you deduct any reimbursements paid to you, the doctors, or the hospital. The amount you have left is the total of medical expenses for the year.
When it comes to claiming expenses for your spouse, or your dependents there are specific guidelines that must be followed. There are rules for divorced or separated parents such as, each parent may deduct the medical expenses he or she pays for the child.
Deducting Transportation Costs for Medical Reasons
Transportation costs may qualify as well. The costs for transportation for medical purposes are tax deductible if you needed an ambulance, used a taxi service, a train, or bus. You have choices when it comes to using your own vehicle. You can deduct the costs of using the vehicle which are your out of pocket expenses or you can take the standard mileage rate. Whatever method you pick you can include tolls and parking fees.
Your Health Savings Accounts and Flexible Spending Arrangements may be tax free if you have medical expenses. Employees may have these types of pre-saving accounts through their employer.
If you find this confusing you can consult IRS Publication 502 which provides more information. Your other option is to use tax software and let the tax program guide you through the expense worksheet by asking simple questions.
TurboTax will search for over 350 tax deductions and will scan your tax return many times to makes sure you have taken every single tax deduction you deserve. If you have medical expense tax deductions to claim you should use TurboTax Online software to maximize your tax savings.