A Medicare supplement plan is a medical expense that is entered on a Schedule A as an itemized deduction.
Health care insurance premiums and other medical expenses that you paid with out of pocket funds are an eligible medical expense that you can deduct using Schedule A for itemized deductions. However, only your total medical expenses that are greater than 7.5% of your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) can be deducted. Your total itemized deductions reported on Form 1040 Schedule A must be greater than the standard deduction for your filing status to have any tax benefit.
Standard deductions for 2019
- Single - $12,200 add $1,650 if age 65 or older
- Married Filing Separately - $12,200 add $1,300 if age 65 or older
- Married Filing Jointly - $24,400 add $1,300 for each spouse age 65 or older
- Head of Household - $18,350 add $1,650 if age 65 or older
To enter your medical expenses -
- Click on Federal Taxes (Personal using Home and Business)
- Click on Deductions and Credits
- Click on I'll choose what I work on (if shown)
- Scroll down to Medical
- On Medical Expenses, click the start or update button
Or enter medical expenses, sch a in the Search box located in the upper right of the program screen. Click on Jump to medical expenses, sch a
Form number? You do not have direct access to forms with the online Premier you are posting from.
If you are entering medical expenses as an itemized deduction then you can enter the supplemental insurance you pay out of pocket as a medical expense. If it is paid from your Social Security benefits you do not need to enter it because when you enter your SSA1099 the amount paid for Medicare flows to the medical expense section.
The medical expense deduction has to meet a rather large threshold before it can affect your return. The amount of medical (including dental, vision, etc.) expenses that will count toward itemization is the amount that is OVER 7.5% of your adjusted gross income. You should only enter the amount that you paid in 2019—do not include any amounts that were covered by insurance or that are still outstanding. Of course, your medical expenses plus your other itemized deductions still have to exceed your standard deduction before you will see a difference in your tax due or refund.
To enter your medical expenses go to Federal>Deductions and Credits>Medical>Medical Expense