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JB01234
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How to file mold remediation for medical issues

I have a child that has had on going health issues. A Dr did labs and confirmed mold exposure was contributing to health issues. The Dr told us to have an Indoor Environmental Professional inspect our home for mold. We paid an independent environmental consulting company to inspect our home and identify mold issues and make recommendations on how to properly remediate. We were advised by the Dr that based on the report by the environmental consulting company that our home was causing health issues for our child and we would need to begin remediation.  We gave the remediation recommendations to a remediation company and had remediation work done to remove and clean mold infected areas. We also had to remove carpet and remove HVAC ductwork at recommendation of the environmental consulting company for proper remediation. We had to replace flooring and HVAC system as part of the remediation process.

 

Is it possible to claim mold remediation on taxes since we have a Dr confirming with labs and recommending that we have our home remediated?

Can the expense of the Independent Environmental Consulting company that inspected (as recommended by the Dr) and found the mold issues be deducted under medical expenses?

Can the cleaning expense of the mold remediation company be deducted under medical expenses?

Can the expense of replacing flooring and HVAC because it was necessary for proper remediation be deducted under medical expenses?

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SusanY1
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How to file mold remediation for medical issues

With the doctor's recommendation (or "letter of medical necessity"), the portion of the repairs that relate directly to the removal of mold are deductible as medical expenses.  Not deductible are some of the ancillary expenses such as repainting, replacing damaged surfaces, etc.  

The initial inspection is likely also not deductible since the expenses are generally limited to those around the removal itself, and not much else. 

Anything that added to the value of your home during the process should be adjusted by the amount of the increase in value, if applicable. 

It may be a good idea for this year to consult with a local tax professional near you in order to determine which parts of your remediation are deductible and to what extent.    

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