5 Steps to Maximizing Medical Expense Tax Deduction: New Guide from Zane Benefits

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The following are five steps to help maximize your medical expense tax deductions.

Medical Deductions

Medical Deductions

(1) General Rule for Medical Expense Tax Deduction
Tax filers are able to deduct the amount of medical expenses in excess of 7.5% of Adjusted Gross Income (AGI). To quickly calculate the minimum amount of medical expenses that you need to have incurred in order to qualify for the deduction, take your AGI and multiply it by 0.075.

Example: If your AGI was $60,000, [60,000*0.075 = $4,500]. Any expenses incurred beyond $4,500 would be considered tax-deductible medical expenses.

(2) Whose Medical Expenses May be Deducted?
Medical expenses may be deducted for yourself, spouse, dependent, qualifying child, qualifying relative, and/or decedent. Medical expenses are deductible as long as the person was considered a spouse or dependent at the time services were performed or when payment was rendered.

(3) Medical Expenses That Qualify for Deduction:
IRS Publication 502 provides guidance on the types of medical expenses that qualify for medical expense deduction.

(4) Overlooked Expenses That Qualify for Medical Expense Deduction:

  • Travel expenses to and from medical treatments (see IRS standard mileage rates)
  • Insurance payments from already-taxed income (includes long-term care insurance)
  • Uninsured medical treatments (e.g. false teeth, contact lenses, etc.)

(5) Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs), Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) as Vehicles for Medical Expense Tax Deductions

A Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) is an employer-funded plan that reimburses employees tax-free for HRA-qualified medical expenses. HRA reimbursement dollars received by an employee are not included as income and therefore do not affect their AGI.

A Health Savings Account, or HSA, is a financial account established by an individual to pay for qualified medical expenses tax-free. HSAs must be linked with a qualified high-deductible health insurance plan and anyone can contribute to it.

A Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is a tax-advantaged account that allows an employee to pay for future qualified medical expenses through payroll deduction.

Click here for a comparison chart of HSAs, HRAs, PRAs & FSAs.

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About Zane Benefits, Inc.
Zane Benefits, Inc, a software company, helps insurance brokers, accountants, and employers take advantage of new defined contribution health benefits and private exchanges via its proprietary SaaS online health benefits software. Zane Benefits does not sell insurance. Using Zane’s platform, insurance professionals and accountants offer their clients a defined contribution plan with multiple individual health insurance options via a private health exchange of their choice. Learn more at http://www.zanebenefits.com.

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