Can you deduct medical and dental expenses? That's a complicated question. To start with, your deductions must exceed 7.5 percent of your adjusted gross income. And they have to fall into an IRS-approved category.
Deductible medical expenses may include, but aren’t limited to the following:
Payments for insurance policy premiums that cover medical care or for a qualified long-term care insurance policy are both deductible, but there are some caveats:
Only include medical expenses paid during the year and use the expenses only once on the return. Reduce your total deductible medical expenses by any reimbursement, whether you receive the reimbursement directly or it’s paid on your behalf to doctors, a hospital or other medical provider.
Finally, note that the threshold rises to 10 percent for 2019.
This is just a summary of a complicated series of rules. If you're unsure about your situation, consult with a qualified professional.
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