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Tax Deduction for Transportation Expenses

Are transportation expenses tax deductible as medical expenses?

Transportation expenses incurred primarily for, and essential to, medical care are tax deductible.

How much can I deduct for transportation expenses?

You can use the standard tax rate for use of your car for medical reasons or your can deduct your actual out of pocket expenses for your car, such as gas and oil.

What transportation costs are tax deductible?

You can deduct the cost of travel to your doctor or a medical clinic for treatment. You can also deduct out of pocket expenses such as gas and oil.

Other transportation expenses you can deduct are:

  • bus fares
  • train fares
  • plane fares
  • ambulance services

The transportation expenses of a parent to accompany a child who requires medical care are also tax deductible. Transportation expenses of another person such as a nurse who can administer treatment required by a patient who is traveling to get medical care are deductible. Transportation expenses of a companion traveling with a patient unable to make a medical trip alone is also tax deductible.

Are transportation costs for regular visits to see a mentally ill dependent tax deductible?

Transportation costs for regular visits to see a mentally ill dependent are tax deductible if the visits are a recommended part of the treatment.

Can I deduct toll fees and parking fees?

The cost of tolls and parking fees can be deducted whether you use the standard mileage rate or actual expenses.

What transportation expenses are not tax deductible?

Depreciation, insurance, general repair, and maintenance expenses cannot be deducted for tax purposes.

Also, you cannot deduct the transportation expenses of going to and from work even if special transport is required. You cannot deduct transportation expenses if for nonmedical reasons only, you choose to travel to another city such as a resort for medical treatment.



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