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How do health care reform and taxes connect? The Affordable Care Act is single largest change to the tax code in two decades. Find help navigating the complexities of the new health care legislation, Medicare, Medicaid and other medical deductions.

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Registered: ‎06-30-2017

Medical deduction

My 12 year old son was just diagnosed with a severe form of juvenile arthritis.  Could a pool spa - the ones with currents to swim in place- be tax deductible?

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Posts: 5,431
Registered: ‎02-23-2016

Re: Medical deduction

Hi Lowejjay,

 

Welcome to the H&R Block community.

 

Good question.

 

It can be, but it must be medically necessary for your son's condition and if primarily used to treat his condition, and if recommended by a doctor.  Make sure you document the recommendation, etc. so that you have something to show if asked a question by the IRS.  It would be deductible in the medical expenses section of Schedule A.

 

Note that the Schedule A deduction is equal to the total of all of your medical expenses less 10% of your adjusted gross income.  Your Schedule A deductions must also be greater than your standard deduction amount in order for Schedule A to be beneficial.

 

If you have any other questions I'll be glad to help.

 

Louis,

Senior Tax Advisor (Tampa, FL)