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Can I deduct vet visits?

I took my dog to the vet. Would the be considered a healthcare expense?

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Can I deduct vet visits?


@ykhaburzaniya wrote:

I took my dog to the vet. Would the be considered a healthcare expense?


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You can't include veterinary fees in your healthcare expenses unless the fees are for a guide dog or other service animal to assist a visually impaired or hearing disabled person, or a person with other physical disabilities

 

See https://www.irs.gov/publications/p502#en_US_2018_publink1000179082

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Can I deduct vet visits?

No you cannot deduct your dog's  veterinarian bills.  You can enter you OWN healthcare costs that were paid out of pocket if you are itemizing deductions.

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 2018—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 Expenses

 

2018 Standard Deductions:

Single   $12,000  (+ $1600 65 or older)

Married Filing Separately    $12,000  (+ $1300 65 or older)

Married Filing Jointly  $24,000  (+ $1300 each spouse 65 or older)

Head of Household  $18,000  (+ $1600 65 or older)

 

https://turbotax.intuit.com/tax-tips/health-care/medical-expenses-checklist/L6MkxxlyW

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Can I deduct vet visits?


@ykhaburzaniya wrote:

I took my dog to the vet. Would the be considered a healthcare expense?


Is this a test? If so, here is a test answer:

 

You can't include veterinary fees in your healthcare expenses unless the fees are for a guide dog or other service animal to assist a visually impaired or hearing disabled person, or a person with other physical disabilities

 

See https://www.irs.gov/publications/p502#en_US_2018_publink1000179082

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Can I deduct vet visits?

No you cannot deduct your dog's  veterinarian bills.  You can enter you OWN healthcare costs that were paid out of pocket if you are itemizing deductions.

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 2018—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 Expenses

 

2018 Standard Deductions:

Single   $12,000  (+ $1600 65 or older)

Married Filing Separately    $12,000  (+ $1300 65 or older)

Married Filing Jointly  $24,000  (+ $1300 each spouse 65 or older)

Head of Household  $18,000  (+ $1600 65 or older)

 

https://turbotax.intuit.com/tax-tips/health-care/medical-expenses-checklist/L6MkxxlyW

**Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to offer the most correct information possible. The poster disclaims any legal responsibility for the accuracy of the information that is contained in this post.**

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Testing @ava_alwani 

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@xmasbaby0 & @tagteam Are you getting any email notifications for this thread? I'm going to mark your answers as solutions.

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@KatieH No, no email notification for this thread - only received one from AXC.

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So unrelated email notification, @tagteam ?

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@KatieH No, I have received absolutely none from this board.

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no email notification as of yet for me

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Me too, still nothing 🤞

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no notification

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hello 😉  

 

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