What Medical Expenses Are Tax Deductible?

If you determine that you spent over 10 percent of your adjusted gross income (If you are over 65, the amount is 7.5 percent) on medical expense in 2014, you can potentially claim these expenses as a tax deduction. If you are using TurboTax 2014 to file your taxes, the TurboTax software will help you to figure out your medical expenses as it can potentially be a significant amount.

Deductible medical expenses include those of any dependent, as well as those of you and your spouse.

Expenses for medical costs are not deductible if you get reimbursed for them in some way; for example, your company pays you back for the cost of medical treatment. If your insurance company covers some of the cost and you cover some, the part that you pay is deductible.

If you charged your medical expenses to your credit card, you can deduct those charges, but keep in mind that the year in which you charged them is the criteria.

Using TurboTax will help you to accurately determine the type of medical expenses that qualify for a deduction, and these include doctor and dentist visits, as well as X-rays and other preventative treatments or procedures. Procedures such as teeth whitening, and most types of cosmetic surgery do not qualify for a deduction, unless an accident or disease necessitated the cosmetic surgery.

Prescription drugs and insulin are eligible for medical expenses deductions, as are the costs of visits to a psychiatrist or psychologist, alcohol or drug related treatment or rehabilitation, and the cost of sending a disabled person to a special school. Over the counter supplies and equipment are deductible, but not over the counter drugs and medication.

There are various other deductible medical expenses, and TurboTax 2014 will alert you to these, which include the cost of laser surgery, contact lenses, dentures, crutches and a wheelchair. Lactation expenses, participating in a stop smoking program, treating sexual dysfunction, removing lead paint and the cost of a nursing home are all eligible too.

If you are enrolled voluntarily in Medicare A, the amount paid out of pocket by you is eligible, as well as premiums for Medicare B. TurboTax will inform you that the premiums for an insurance plan sponsored by your employer are not deductible, although the premiums for long term care insurance are eligible.

TurboTax will help you to understand all of these possible deductions – you don’t have to be an expert when using TurboTax 2014!

The Tax Preparation Wars Have Begun

TurboTax Continues on With Its Own SuperBowl Ad

Intuit is the maker of Turbo Tax, a leading tax-preparation software. During the Superbowl, they aired their advertisement with no mention of the recent squabbles with furious customers over their software.

Rather than address the problem, Intuit chose to simply state the benefits of their program, which was being able to file both state and federal taxes for FREE. Their ad displayed a Boston Tea Party reenactment with a small twist to it. While angry American Patriots were swarming a British Ship, tossing large boxes of tea overboard, the British Redcoats were able to stop them by offering them FREE tax filing.

The patriots end up accepting their offer, and then the ad transitions to George Washington, who is reversing his famous Delaware crossing. The voice-over makes this statement – “Alright, maybe this is not the way it actually went down, however, you can still file your taxes on Turbo Tax for FREE !”

Turbo Tax lets it be known that 60 million Americans will be able to file their returns for Taxes 2014, both state and federal, for FREE. Their website states that this offer applies to those who use forms 1040A or 1040EZ. It says there is no charge for filing a state return or the forms used for filing the Earned Income Tax Credit (this benefits the working poor).

Their website also has a list of its competitors charges for the exact same services, like on TaxAct or H&R Block. Their entire campaign ignores the cries of the outraged customers over the Turbo Tax Deluxe package for personal computers. Lots of people were surprised to see that the Turbo Tax Deluxe software for 2014 taxes, did not allow the electronic filing of Schedule Cs for business, Schedule Ds fo both capital gains & losses, and Schedule Es and Fs for rental properties or farms.

What the customers had to do for these privileges was to ‘upgrade’ to a paid version of the software. The cost was $30 over and above what the Deluxe version costs. There were some disgruntled users who already bought software from some of Turbo Taxes competitors (H&R Block and TaxAct), so H&R Block came out with a free version of their Deluxe product to those who had already purchased a Turbo Tax version. It seemed the war was on. All these people had to do was show proof of their purchase and switch over to the other side. Let the games begin!

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