Doctor payments are a medical expense and are deducted on Schedule A. Medical expenses that you paid with out of pocket funds are an eligible medical expense that you can deduct using Schedule A for itemized deductions. However, only your total medical expenses that are greater than 10% of your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) can be deducted if you are under age 65. If you are age 65 or older the AGI limit is 7.5%. Your total itemized deductions must be greater than your standard deduction for your filing status to have any tax benefit.
Standard deductions for 2016
- Single - $6,300 add $1,550 if age 65 or older
- Married Filing Separately - $6,300 add $1,250 if age 65 or older
- Married Filing Jointly - $12,600 add $1,250 for each spouse age 65 or older
- Head of Household - $9,300 add $1,550 if age 65 or older
To enter your medical expenses in TurboTax, Sign in to your account. Click on 'Take Me to My Return'
- Click on Federal Taxes
- Click on Deductions and Credits
- Click on I'll choose what I work on
- Scroll down to Medical (You may need to select ''Show All Tax Breaks'')
- On Medical Expenses, click the start or update button
- Enter doctor payments under 'Professional Fees Paid'