I pay for some of my parent’s medical expenses. May I deduct these expenses on my return?

Yes, if your parent was your dependent either at the time the medical services were provided or at the time you paid the expenses, you may claim a deduction for the portion of their expenses that you paid. You can include medical expenses you paid for an individual that would have been your dependent except that:

  • He or she received gross income of $4,050 or more in 2017,
  • He or she filed a joint return for the year, or
  • You, or your spouse if filing jointly, are properly claimed as a dependent on someone else's return.

Deduct the medical expenses on Schedule A (Form 1040), Itemized Deductions. Reduce the total of all allowable medical expenses by 7.5% of your adjusted gross income.