Vets fee deductible? Ummm….no…sorry

Vets fee deductible? Ummm….no…sorry

Well, a few days ago I gave you a list of common, and sometimes, not so common, Qualified Medical Expenses that you may be able to deduct on Schedule A of your Form 1040.

Thought you might like a list of some NONDEDUCTIBLE items. Enjoy!  Or, I guess, sorry :(

  1. Child care for a healthy baby/child (although there is a Child & Dependent Care credit)
  2. Controlled substances that are not legal under federal law EVEN IF legal under state law (sorry, no deduction for marijuana, cocaine, etc)
  3. Cosmetic Surgery if not medically necessary
  4. Dancing, swimming, etc lessons just for good general health EVEN IF suggested by a doctor
  5. Diaper service
  6. Funeral expenses
  7. Future medical care
  8. Health Club Dues to improve one’s general health or to relieve physical or mental discomfort not related to a particular medical condition
  9. Household help (unless it’s nursing services)
  10. Illegal operations and treatments
  11. Medicines and drugs from other countries unless prescribed and imported legally (the FDA would have to announce that drug can be imported).  You can deduct it if you both purchase and consume a prescribed drug in another country if it is a legal drug in both this and that country.
  12. Nonprescription drugs and medicines
  13. Nutritional supplements
  14. Personal Use Items such as toothpaste and toothbrush except for the price of a special item needed for a medical condition for that part of the price that exceeds the normal cost of the non-altered item
  15. Teeth whitening
  16. Vet fees
  17. Weight loss programs if for appearance, general health or sense of well being.  Must be for a specific disease diagnosed by a physician (obesity, hypertension, or heart disease)

Linda Reinhardt

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