Medical Home Improvements


Today TaxMama® hears from Pia in the TaxQuips Forum, with the kind of question people often ask.  “We were wondering if it is tax-deductible to deduct the installation of hardwood floors for my autistic daughter who is severely allergic to carpet. Carpet causes uncontrolled seizures.”

Dear Pia, 

Anytime you want to claim a home improvement as a medical deduction, you need to do two things:

1) Get a letter from the doctor saying that this is a medical necessity.
2) Figure out how much the improvement adds to the value of the house.
If the cost is more than the increase in value (if any), then you can deduct the difference as a medical expense – providing you met condition #1.

I hope this works for you. Regardless, I am sure your daughter feels much better.

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

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3 thoughts on “Medical Home Improvements

  1. Victor G says:

    Thank you Eva, for your prayers we will keep you in our prayers as well
    God bless you.
    Victor and Amalia

  2. TaxMama says:

    Hi Victor,

    Our prayers are with you.
    I hope her treatment is as successful as mine has been.

    Yes, track all the costs – including mileage and parking.
    If your total medical costs (including insurance and Medicare premiums deducted from SS checks) are more than 10% (or 7.5% if either of you is age 65 or over) of your adjusted gross income, you can deduct the medial costs.

    http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/2013-Changes-to-Itemized-Deduction-for-Medical-Expenses
    http://www.irs.gov/publications/p17/ch21.html

    Hugs
    Eva

  3. Victor says:

    Hi my wife is being treated for breast cancer, we have a lot of co-payments she goes every
    3 days also parking feeds can we add this expenses to our tax returns.

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