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Can I deduct medical, dental, and vision expenses?

SOLVEDby TurboTax5961Updated December 27, 2021

To deduct unreimbursed, out-of-pocket medical, dental, and vision costs on your federal return:

  • You must take the itemized deduction;
  • The expenses for you, your jointly-filing spouse, and your dependent(s) must exceed 7.5% of your AGI (adjusted gross income); and
  • Only the portion above and beyond 7.5% of your AGI is deductible.

For example, if your AGI happens to be $100,000, you can deduct the portion of your expenses exceeding 7.5% of your AGI ($7,500). If your total expenses for the year came in at $6,000, you wouldn't be able to deduct any of it, but if they were $10,000 you could deduct the portion over and beyond $7,500, which would be $2,500 – provided you're itemizing of course.

That said, go ahead and enter all of your out-of-pocket expenses, even if you don't think they qualify as a deduction. Some states will let you deduct them on your state return even if you couldn't deduct them on your federal return. We'll figure that out for you.

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