How can I include foreign health insurance premiums and medical and dental expenses abroad as costs in my income tax return ? ( Tax deductions). NOTE: I live in the USA
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How can I include foreign health insurance premiums and medical and dental expenses abroad as costs in my income tax return ? ( Tax deductions). NOTE: I live in the USA

For better understanding, I live and pay health insurance in the US. However, the premiums are ridiculously high and out of pocket and deductibles non-sense. By paying medical and dental attention abroad is wise saving than paying domestic.

I need to include all of the foreign costs in my tax return but can't find this specific situation in the IRS guides.

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How can I include foreign health insurance premiums and medical and dental expenses abroad as costs in my income tax return ? ( Tax deductions). NOTE: I live in the USA

You include foreign medical expenses in your medical expense deduction the same as if you paid them in the United States. You do not have to identify them as foreign expenses. However, you must enter the amounts in U.S. dollars. You can combine them with your U.S. expenses (if any) and just enter the total.

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How can I include foreign health insurance premiums and medical and dental expenses abroad as costs in my income tax return ? ( Tax deductions). NOTE: I live in the USA

one issue does the foreign health insurance doesn't meet ACA requirements (qualifying health coverage)  if not, then you probably owe the penalty for not having qualifying insurance


.  Examples of qualifying health coverage

Any health plan bought through the Health Insurance Marketplace

Individual health plans bought outside the Health Insurance Marketplace, if they meet the standards for qualified health plans

Any “grandfathered” individual insurance plan you’ve had since March 23, 2010, or earlier

Any job-based plan, including retiree plans and COBRA coverage

Medicare Part A or Part C (but Part B coverage by itself doesn’t qualify)

Most Medicaid coverage, except for limited coverage plans

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

Coverage under a parent’s plan

Most student health plans (check with your school to see if the plan counts as qualifying health coverage)

Health coverage for Peace Corps volunteers

Certain types of veterans health coverage through the Department of Veterans Affairs

Most TRICARE plansThis link takes you to a website not operated by the federal government. The site may have different privacy and security policies.

Department of Defense Nonappropriated Fund Health Benefits ProgramThis link takes you to a website not operated by the federal government. The site may have different privacy and security policies.

Refugee Medical Assistance

State high-risk pools for plan or policy years that started on or before December 31, 2014 (check with your high-risk pool plan to see if it counts as qualifying health coverage)

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