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Medical, Nursing Home, Special Care Expenses
Question: My father is in a nursing home and I pay for the entire cost. Can I deduct these expenses on my tax return?
Nursing home expenses are allowable as medical expenses in certain instances.
- If you, your spouse or your dependent is in a nursing home and the primary reason for being there is for medical care, the entire cost including meals and lodging is a deductible medical expense.
- If the individual is in the home mainly for personal reasons, then only the cost of the actual medical care is a deductible medical expense, and the cost of the meals and lodging is not deductible.
- You deduct medical expenses on Schedule A (Form 1040) (.pdf), Itemized Deductions.
- The total of all allowable medical expenses must be reduced by 10% of your adjusted gross income, 7.5% if either you or your spouse is age 65 or older.
Category: Itemized Deductions, Standard Deduction
Subcategory: Medical, Nursing Home, Special Care Expenses