Living Organ Donor Credit

Today TaxMama hears from Mark in Albany, NY with a thought-provoking question. “Is there a living donor organ transplant credit that is allowed for 2008?”

Dear Mark,

That is a great question!

And you’re right. There should be a credit for people who are brave enough and generous enough to donate an organ to someone in desperate need.

But I’ve never heard of such a credit. And doing a search of the IRS website, there are no results leading to information about a credit.

However, you are able to take a deduction for any unreimbursed medical expenses you have, including travel for the testing and the actual transplant. Of course, any mileage or local transportation, parking, etc. are deductible, too.

http://www.irs.gov/publications/p502/ar02.html#en_US_publink100014884

While there are useful resources for organ donors at the National Living Donor Assistance Center. They don’t mention anything about a tax credit, either.
http://www.livingdonorassistance.org/

Perhaps one of our tax pros knows something I don’t. Keep an eye today’s TaxQuip. Perhaps you’ll see some replies in the comments. I seem to remember that someone has dealt with this issue before – but can’t remember who it was.

And remember, you can find answers to all kinds of questions about organ donors and other tax issues, free. Where? Where else? At TaxMama.com

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