Tag Archives: Health/Medical/Pharmaceuticals

Keeping Medical Bills Down

Recently a friend told me that she is paying more for her share of the company’s health insurance. Several others have had the same complaint. We all through Obama’s Health Care plan would reduce our costs, based on the concept of  ‘economies of scale.“ Well then, the best way to keep our medical costs low is to stay […]

Let’s Reward Our Health Care Professionals

Affordable Care Act Provides Expanded Tax Benefit to Health Professionals Working in Underserved Areas  WASHINGTON — As part of a larger Administration announcement on efforts to strengthen the health care workforce, the Internal Revenue Service today announced that under the Affordable Care Act health care professionals who received student loan relief under state programs that […]

Exotic Medical Travel

Today TaxMama hears from Kathy in the TaxQuips Forum with this interesting question. “My client and his young son traveled to Qingdao, China last year for the transplant of umbilical cord blood stem cells from my client’s daughter, for the treatment of quadriplegic cerebral palsy, at the Beike Biotech section of the hospital.  Are the […]

Obama and His Health Care Plan

Today TaxMama wants to summarize the high points of President Obama’s Health Care speech last night.

Part-Time or Seasonal Workers

Courtesy of the Internal Revenue Service June 04, 2009 For many businesses, summer traditionally brings an influx of part time or seasonal workers into the work force. Employers must ensure they are treating these workers properly for employment tax purposes. Generally, workers are either employees or independent contractors, based upon the facts and circumstances of […]

Shingles

A MAN walked into a doctor’s office. The receptionist asked him what he had. “Shingles,” he said. The receptionist took down his name, phone number and insurance information and told him to have a seat. Fifteen minutes later, a nurse’s aide took the man to an examining room and asked what he had. “Shingles,” he […]

Cigarette Tax Hike of 62 cents per PACK

OK, it’s true, I really, really hate to be around people who smoke. Whether they are smoking or not. For me, the smell itself makes it really hard to breathe. (I was blessed with a mother, a seamstress, who used my room as her workroom. She smoked incessantly – and my bed, clothes, books, everything […]

Medical Pool

Today TaxMama hears from Angela in Georgia with this story. “I do my friend’s taxes. Can he deduct an above-ground pool installation that was recommended by doctor? His wife has MS and needs to do exercises. The doctor felt that exercises done in water will help her. It has not increased the value of home. […]

Is Your Hobby a For-Profit Endeavor?

FS-2008-23, June 2008 The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers to follow appropriate guidelines when determining whether an activity is engaged in for profit, such as a business or investment activity, or is engaged in as a hobby. Internal Revenue Code Section 183 (Activities Not Engaged in for Profit) limits deductions that can be claimed when […]

Medical Eating

Today TaxMama hears from Mike in Wisconsin who asks. “Is there anything in the Tax Codes that allows you to put a certain percentage of your total food cost towards a medical deduction when you have been diagnosed as a borderline diabetic? After all, you do have to watch your total diet to keep this […]