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Claimed as Dependent, Can I Claim My Medical Expenses?

My parents claimed me as a dependent on their taxes.  I have unearned income, so I still need to file.  I had many medical bills in 2022 that my parents paid for.  They, however, did not itemize these on their taxes.  Can I itemize these medical bills on my taxes?  

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Claimed as Dependent, Can I Claim My Medical Expenses?

Since you did not pay the medical expenses with your out of pocket funds you cannot claim those medical expenses on your tax return.

Even if you could only those medical expenses that exceeded 7.5% of your adjusted gross income could be claimed and then the total of all itemized deductions would have to be greater than the Standard Deduction for your Filing Status.

2022 Standard Deduction for a Single filer - $12,950

Claimed as Dependent, Can I Claim My Medical Expenses?

The people who claim you---- or who CAN claim you--- are the ones who can enter the medical expenses on their own tax return if they are itemizing deductions.  You did not pay the medical expenses---you say your parents paid.  So, no, you cannot use them on your own tax return.

**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.**

Claimed as Dependent, Can I Claim My Medical Expenses?

Thank you!  Oddly, the expenses amounted to only $3800 which was more than the total unearned income I was claiming, and less than the standard deduction, but TT recommended itemizing saying it would reduce my calculated tax liability.  But it sounds like the deductions belong to the person that pays the bills, not necessarily the patient.  So, at least for my situation, I cannot use these deductions.  

Claimed as Dependent, Can I Claim My Medical Expenses?

FYI - your standard deduction is less than the full normal amount.  


The Standard Deduction for an individual for whom an exemption can be claimed on another person's tax return is limited to the greater of:

…..$1,150 or

…..Your earned income for the year + $400 (but not more than 12,950)


So you would get a minimum of $1,150 to a max of 12,950.

See Table 8 Standard Deduction worksheet for Dependents on page 26

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