IRS DeductionPosted by IanJ on 3/12/03 at 22:42 (112709)
Over the past six months I've had to purchase shoes, inserts, night splints...
Can any or all of this be used as medical expense deductions on my income taxes?
Re: IRS DeductionCarole C in NOLA on 3/13/03 at 09:30 (112739)
You may deduct only the part of your medical and dental expenses that exceeds 7.5% of your adjusted income on line 36 of Form 1040 and were not reimbursed by insurance. So, for example if your adjusted income was $30,000, you can't deduct the first $2250 of your unreimbursed medical expenses.
Medical aids such as braces and crutches are listed in the 1040 instructions as deductible. I'm pretty sure that if you saved the prescription for custom orthotics and the receipt, you could deduct them just like you would deduct unreimbursed prescription drugs.
I would recommend asking a tax expert about shoes and over the counter inserts; my thoughts are that it would be pretty difficult to justify deducting them unless you had a prescription for them.
Carole C (not a tax expert)