Other Tax Deductible Medical Expenses
There are other medical expenses that are tax deductible. See the tax deductible medical expenses chart here. Below are other common medical
expenses that many taxpayers question about their tax deductibility.
What insurance premiums are tax deductible?
You can include in medical expenses insurance premiums you pay for policies that cover medical
care. Policies can provide payment for medical and dental expenses, prescription drugs, eyeglasses. and replacement
of contact lenses.
Are Medicare B and Medicare D payments tax deductible?
Medicare B premiums shown on the SSA-1099 form or form RRB-1099 are deductible as are payments
to the voluntary prescription drug insurance program (Medicare D).
What long term care insurance is tax deductible?
If you have long term care insurance, the part of the premium that can be deducted on Schedule A
depends on the age of the insured.
Weight loss programs
What weight loss programs are tax deductible?
Amounts (not reimbursed by insurance or otherwise) that you pay for participation in a weight
loss program as treatment for a specific disease or diseases (including obesity) diagnosed by a physician are
deductible medical expenses.
The cost of purchasing diet food items is not tax deductible. The IRS views diet foods
even when used as part of a weight loss program as substitutes for the food you normally consume to satisfy
your nutritional requirements. As such, they are not deductible medical expenses even for taxpayers whose disease
qualifies them to deduct weight loss programs
Weight loss programs to improve your general health or appearance do not qualify and are
regarded as nondeductible personal expenses.