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cdrevie
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How do I report medical expenses I pay for a non-dependent parent with 100% Alzheimer's living in long term care? .

Summary of our costs

$15600 = Her retirement income
$13200 = our contribution
$!4400 = VA Widows compensation
$43200 = Total annual costs of Alzheimer's facility

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MichaelDC
New Member

How do I report medical expenses I pay for a non-dependent parent with 100% Alzheimer's living in long term care? .

A little more info:

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 2017, or.
  • You, or your spouse if filing jointly, could be claimed as a dependent on someone else's 2017 return.

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Carl
Level 15

How do I report medical expenses I pay for a non-dependent parent with 100% Alzheimer's living in long term care? .

Medical expenses for those not your dependent are not deductible.
MichaelDC
New Member

How do I report medical expenses I pay for a non-dependent parent with 100% Alzheimer's living in long term care? .

A little more info:

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 2017, or.
  • You, or your spouse if filing jointly, could be claimed as a dependent on someone else's 2017 return.
Carl
Level 15

How do I report medical expenses I pay for a non-dependent parent with 100% Alzheimer's living in long term care? .

I'd like to bookmark the IRS pub for that, if you have it please. Thanks!
MichaelDC
New Member

How do I report medical expenses I pay for a non-dependent parent with 100% Alzheimer's living in long term care? .

Pub 502, page 10 and bottom of page 3
Carl
Level 15

How do I report medical expenses I pay for a non-dependent parent with 100% Alzheimer's living in long term care? .

Cool! Thanks!
macuser_22
Level 15

How do I report medical expenses I pay for a non-dependent parent with 100% Alzheimer's living in long term care? .

However, you still must be able to claim the person as a dependent except for those exceptions.   The requirement that you pay more the  half the persons total support would seem to be the killer here.    Because the parent has $20,000 of his/her own income and the facility cost is $43,000 then the $13,200 that the OP pays is much less than the required "more than half" of support.
**Disclaimer: This post is for discussion purposes only and is NOT tax advice. The author takes no responsibility for the accuracy of any information in this post.**
MichaelDC
New Member

How do I report medical expenses I pay for a non-dependent parent with 100% Alzheimer's living in long term care? .

Good point. Though, there may be more to the parent's support than stated. Thanks
Marketstar
Level 7

How do I report medical expenses I pay for a non-dependent parent with 100% Alzheimer's living in long term care? .

You can claim her medical expenses if you provide over one half of her support in 2017.

In that event, she would be considered your medical dependent.

Support Includes

·        Food

·        Clothing

·        Shelter

·        Transportation

·        Education

·        Medical/Dental

·        Recreation

See IRS Support Worksheet


Carl
Level 15

How do I report medical expenses I pay for a non-dependent parent with 100% Alzheimer's living in long term care? .

There's no such thing (that I'm aware of) as a "medical dependent". Either they are a dependent, or they are not. Is there something I'm not aware of possibly?
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