What Medical Expenses Can Be Deducted On Tax Returns: Tax-Deductible Medical Expenses

What medical expenses can be deducted on tax returns? Medical expenses that qualify must be primarily to treat or prevent a physical or mental defect or illness.  Expenses must be more than simply beneficial to general health (i.e., vitamins, health-supplements).  In addition, tax-deductible medical expenses are deductible in the year in which they are paid or posted to a credit card, regardless of when the associated service was provided or item received.

Tax- Deductible Medical Expense Examples

Below are some examples of tax deductible medical expenses per IRS guidance.  Click on an expense below to learn if there are limitations on claiming the expense.

Abortion Eye     Surgery Optometrist
Acupuncture Fertility     Enhancement Organ     Donors
Alcoholism Founder’s     Fee Osteopath
Ambulance Guide     Dog or Other Service Animal Oxygen
Annual     Physical Examination Health     Institute Physical     Examination
Artificial     Limb Health     Maintenance Organization (HMO) Pregnancy     Test Kit
Artificial     Teeth Hearing     Aids Prosthesis
Autoette Home     Care Psychiatric     Care
Bandages Home     Improvements Psychoanalysis
Birth     Control Pills Hospital     Services Psychologist
Body     Scan Insurance     Premiums Special     Education
Braille     Books and Magazines Intellectually     and Developmentally Disabled, Special Home for Sterilization
Breast     Pumps and Supplies Laboratory     Fees Stop-Smoking     Programs
Breast     Reconstruction Surgery Lactation     Expenses Surgery
Capital     Expenses Lead-Based     Paint Removal Telephone
Car Learning     Disability Television
Chiropractor Legal     Fees Therapy
Christian     Science Practitioner Lifetime     Care—Advance Payments Transplants
Contact     Lenses Lodging Transportation
Crutches Long-Term     Care Trips
Dental     Treatment Meals Tuition
Diagnostic     Devices Medical     Conferences Vasectomy
Disabled     Dependent Care Expenses Medical     Information Plan Vision     Correction Surgery
Drug     Addiction Medicines Weight-Loss     Program
Drugs Nursing     Home Wheelchair
Eye     Exam Nursing     Services Wig
Eyeglasses Operations X-ray


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The information contained within this article is for general guidance only. As such, it should not be used as a substitute for consulting with professional accounting, tax, legal or other competent advisers. 

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