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lpkayak
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Does it help you?

[ 03-17-2014, 09:15 AM: Message edited by: lpkayak ]

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What is unfortunate is two things. First, supplements do not qualify for a tax deduction. Second, the percentage of medical expenses needed is astronomical.

IMO ALL medical payments, included supplements, should be deductible off the top, not afterwards.

I don't know what will happen when the eliminate some of the deductions. If history serves, it will just make it more difficult to get a refund.

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lpkayak
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Hmmmmm

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TxCoord.. We have members here every year who say supplements can be deducted if we have orders from a doctor that says we need them.

I've never done that, but that is what some say is OK to do.

I doubt the tax situation is going to get any better any time soon.

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I cant deduct one single thing. house is paid for and I dont have enough medical.

every year I owe more and more

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As I understand it, if a doctor prescribes a supplement to treat a medical condition it qualifies as being deductible.
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Does the Dr have to make a list or what? Every time I've asked about it at my Dr's office they have said no, it's not deductible.

I wonder if they just don't want to do the paperwork?

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Beverly
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I was able to deduct all of my supplements that I got through my doctor. It was still not much tho because the percentage is so high.
They really need to change the tax law. Medical bills can really break you.

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I think if you get the doc to write the supplement needed on an Rx slip, that would make it qualify. Then keep it in your records. Better ask a tax expert though.
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http://www.irs.gov/publications/p502/ar02.html#en_US_2013_publink1000178852

My take is that if your doc recommends a supp, it qualifies as a tax deduction. With all the damn supps LLMD recommended, we are definitely going to take them as deductions.

And if a doc recommended them, IMO you should be able to deduct them regardless of where they were ordered from.

So if doc recommended a supp and you got it cheaper on Amazon, IMO, that's a legit deduction.

I'm no tax atty though. This is just my opinion.

We all need to read up/understand this. For example, we need to know basic things like we can calculate and deduct mileage costs traveling to docs.

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Yes, it's deductible. I took all my supplement receipts to H & R block one year and it was fine. The supplements were all written on the a doctor's receipts.

I'm not sure how it's going to work this year since I found supplements for cheaper off the the Internet. My doc always writes a treatment plan so I have a list of supplements that way. I hope that will be enough with my receipts.

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The only caveat beyond being doc recommended, as beaches and others said, is that it has to be for the treatment of a medical condition (not just for general health maintenance). For most people here, that is a non-issue, as you're here and at your doctor to treat a medical condition.

It used to be expenses over 7.5% of AGI could be put on schedule A, this year now, unless you meet an age threshold, it's 10.0% instead of 7.5%, so a bit less is deductible.

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Here is a link covering that question. Look under "Non-Prescription Drugs and Medicines" and also "Nutritional Supplements". You may even see items you didn't know would be deductible.

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

Then, as supporting documentation, you may want to print out the following (pgs. 27-31). Most of us don't take supplements just for "general health". We take them as recommended by trained physicians for our specific condition.

http://www.lymenet.org/BurrGuide200810.pdf

I am NOT at all versed on IRS stuff, am am not a lawyer.

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lpkayak
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Those links are interesting
I wonder if radon or mold remediation would fall under preventive home improvements like ramps

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Tincup
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Ok, you inspired me to do something useful. Too full of corned beef and cabbage right now to do much else anyway- HA!

I wrote this up- did one several years ago- but figured it was time to update the info. So, thanks to kayak, here is some information that may be of interest.

Medically related expenses that are considered "deductible" by the IRS are listed at the link below.

You may be surprised to learn that attending medical conferences for Lyme and tick borne disease or other medical conditions you may have, as well as acupuncture, nutritional supplements (see restrictions), weight loss programs, insurance premiums, transportation costs, and improvements to a home to accommodate a disability are some of the lesser known "deductible" items.

A link to the IRS's full list of deductible expenses, as well as information on where to find free tax help can also be found below.

https://sites.google.com/site/marylandlyme/help-for-you/tax-time--what-is-deductible

*I am not a tax preparer, IRS employee or a tax attorney. Please check with someone who is if you have any questions.

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Tincup
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Hey kayak...

Below is a link to a NIH study relating fatigue to mold exposure. It basically says people with fatigue can be experiencing mold exposure and that's not good.

A second article, by EPA (government agency), says- "All homes should be tested for radon and elevated radon levels should be reduced."

I would like to think mold and radon remediation is deductible, but don't bet on me as a "for sure".

To be clear... I'm not going to jail for you if I'm wrong. I hear they don't serve oysters on the 1/2 shell in jail, so I really have no interest in going. Sorry!

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3705282/

http://www.epa.gov/radon/pubs/consguid.html

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lpkayak
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Thanks tin...im not doing so well these days and im not up for a fight but if one of these young energetic (or angry) whipper-snappers can follow thru on this i sure will be watching

I can easily document 10,000. In mold remediation last year and i have a radon system that costs about 15. A month to run and needs yrly maintence

Oh yeah...i only removed mold. I have not replaced walls andfloors yet and therefore have an ongoing critter problem

So making this house safe for me is adding up. And it is a tiny house

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Old thread but anyway I'm also tired of these taxes.
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I personally even had to change my jobs several times due to this tax. Anyway, now I have already discovered several passive income opportunities and for some time I have been in this field and I am succeeding.
It all started as a joke and I didn't even think that something good would come out of it and at the moment I really see beautiful results.
In what I do it is only a minus, namely that it can be risky sometimes to invest in something and then not to come out. But it's good that everything works perfectly for me and I have no problems.

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Tincup
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This page may help?

It is under the "Help For You" pages on www.MarylandLyme.org

The direct link is here.

https://sites.google.com/view/marylandlyme/help-for-you/tax-time-deductible-expenses?authuser=0

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