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lanse_deanna
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Can I deduct prescription medications for blood pressure, cholesterol, etc.?

 
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jerry2000
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Can I deduct prescription medications for blood pressure, cholesterol, etc.?

Prescription medications are a valid medical expense itemized deduction. However, . Only the amount of medical expense itemized deductions that are more than 10% of your adjusted gross income (under 65) or 7.5% (65 or over) are deducted. Also, itemized deductions provide no tax benefit until all of them added together are more than the standard deduction for your filing status.
2016 Standard Deduction
Taxpayer under 65, not claimed as a dependent
$6,300 for Single
$12,600 for Married Filing Jointly, or Qualifying Widow(er) with dependent child
$9,300 for Head of Household
$6,300 for Married Filing Separately
For over 65 or blind, add $1,250 for each instance or add
$1,550 each instance if single and not a surviving spouse.

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jerry2000
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Can I deduct prescription medications for blood pressure, cholesterol, etc.?

Prescription medications are a valid medical expense itemized deduction. However, . Only the amount of medical expense itemized deductions that are more than 10% of your adjusted gross income (under 65) or 7.5% (65 or over) are deducted. Also, itemized deductions provide no tax benefit until all of them added together are more than the standard deduction for your filing status.
2016 Standard Deduction
Taxpayer under 65, not claimed as a dependent
$6,300 for Single
$12,600 for Married Filing Jointly, or Qualifying Widow(er) with dependent child
$9,300 for Head of Household
$6,300 for Married Filing Separately
For over 65 or blind, add $1,250 for each instance or add
$1,550 each instance if single and not a surviving spouse.
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