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Medical Expenses and the Sloth Experience

The definition of sloth is primarily laziness and today we’re always looking for a quick that’s going to make us healthier, happier, without having the time to do it.  It’s not surprising that so many people are willing to cut corners then by counting everything as a medical expense on their tax return which leaves many holes as to what is legitimate versus a personal expense that you can’t legitimately count as a tax deduction.

Deductible Items

  • Payments for acupuncture treatments or inpatient treatment at a center for alcohol or drug addiction; or for participation in a smoking-cessation program and for drugs to alleviate nicotine withdrawal that require a prescription
  • Payments for false teeth, reading or prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses, hearing aids, crutches, wheelchairs, and for a guide dog or other service animal to assist a visually impaired or hearing disabled person, or a person with other physical disabilities
  • Wigs prescribed by a psychiatrist to deal with anxiety about hair loss
  • A special bed or mattress to help your back or sleeping disorder prescribed by a doctor.
  • Remedial reading help for a dyslexic child
  • In-vitro fertilization treatments for someone who is infertile
  • The difference between the cost of a gluten-free diet and your old diet if it costs more and is prescribed by a doctor

Non-Deductible Items

  • General toning and fitness workouts
  • General nutritional and diet supplements
  • Diet food and beverages
  • Running shoes, yoga mats, weights and Fitbit
  • Cost of entry to charity races

As you can see there’s some obvious choices that make sense because they’re primarily affected by the prescription from a licensed health care practitioner, however you still should realize that there are certain items that you can’t defend as legitimate and just realize it’s a choice to spend your monies on.

Dwayne J. Briscoe