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chapinreyes
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Health expenses - travel to another state + car rental

Hello,

 

We had some medical expenses last year to get a surgical procedure done and had to travel to another state.  We rented a car.  Can the rental car expenses and the miles be deducted?

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ThomasM125
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Health expenses - travel to another state + car rental

If the travel was necessary, as opposed to voluntary, then you can deduct the travel expenses. You can either deduct the cost of the car rental or the mileage allowance ($0.17 per mile), but not both.

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chapinreyes
Level 3

Health expenses - travel to another state + car rental

Ok great thank you!    Do you know if there is a minimum number that can be deducted?

JotikaT2
Expert Alumni

Health expenses - travel to another state + car rental

You would use your actual expenses or the mileage incurred.  There wouldn't be a minimum number as you are only entitled to deduct either the mileage or actual expenses. 

 

Please see the excerpt below from Publication 502.

 

Transportation

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chapinreyes
Level 3

Health expenses - travel to another state + car rental

Thank you for the response!  Do you know if there is an easy way to separate and do married filling separately since I have already completed most of the Turbo Tax interview?  In other words what would I have to remove to make it work? 

JotikaT2
Expert Alumni

Health expenses - travel to another state + car rental

Please see the link below for details on how to see the comparison. 

 

It is easily done in the desktop version of the software but would involve creating "test" returns in the online version.

 

Comparing married filing jointly with married filing separately

 

How to make a test copy of your return

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