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    Medical Expenses and taxes. Help!

    Howdy folks,

    I've become employed for the first time since my injury (well "gainfully employed" to use the SS term). I started working in June, so I have a little over 6 months of income on 2016 taxes. I haven't filed taxes since my disability and I think I forgot how this works.

    But my main question is can I use medical expenses as a tax deduction?

    I don't have too much crazy medical expenses, but if I go through my credit card statements and EOBs, I'm sure I can find a couple thousand in medical expenses. I'm just not sure if it's worth all of my time, because from my googling of it, it's not worthwhile unless you have > 10% of your pretax income as medical expenses. Also I've got SSDI throughout the year, so if that becomes taxable I'm quite sure I wouldn't be close to the limit.

    But this might be more relevant next year as I'm getting a new wheelchair and it looks like out of pocket is gonna be close to $3,000.

    If you've got any ideas where I can find these answers I'd appreciate it.

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    As above.

    You may deduct only the amount of your total medical expenses that exceed 10% of your adjusted gross income or 7.5% if you or your spouse is 65 or older.
    So a lot depends upon your income, and remember that the expenses below the 10% cannot be deducted; only those that exceed the 10%. And of course only those expenses not covered by your insurance or DOR would be included.

    (KLD)

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
    As above.



    So a lot depends upon your income, and remember that the expenses below the 10% cannot be deducted; only those that exceed the 10%. And of course only those expenses not covered by your insurance or DOR would be included.

    (KLD)
    What is a DOR?

    Thanks for the links gjnl

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    Quote Originally Posted by funklab View Post
    What is a DOR?

    Thanks for the links gjnl
    Don't you just hate it when people throw out acronyms?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gjnl View Post
    Don't you just hate it when people throw out acronyms?
    Always have to have the dig and last word, right????

    DOR = Department of Rehabilitation or Vocational Rehab Dept. depending on your state. Most people with SCI who work are very familiar with that acronym.

    (KLD)

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    When I worked (posted this some time ago) I researched the category "other expenses" and anything related to disability and found a paragraph or so in a tax book I had that stated a disabled worker can put "work-related disability expenses" under the "Other expenses" which I believe is still located near the bottom of the page titled Itemized Deductions. Placing these expenses at that spot allows you to deduct the whole amount, not a percentage, like you would have to do if you placed these expenses under Medical.
    I would deduct a percentage of my van's adapted equipment - calculating only the days that I traveled to work. I don't think I dealt with the fact that I was spending about $300 a month to gas up a van, instead of a more economical vehicle. When I worked, my employer covered changes to my work area that enabled me to function at the desk, file cabinet, etc. I did receive a gas mileage amount from my employer only when I had to use my van to attend training sessions, etc. away from the office.
    I saved all my transportation calculations with my copies of taxes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
    Always have to have the dig and last word, right????

    DOR = Department of Rehabilitation or Vocational Rehab Dept. depending on your state. Most people with SCI who work are very familiar with that acronym.

    (KLD)
    I worked for 20 years, with a spinal cord injury, in the private sector with no aid or assistance from a Department of Rehabilitation or Vocational Rehab. I had no idea what DOR meant in your post, neither did "Funlab," and very likely others.

    I do hate it when people use acronyms and have been quite vocal about that here. This isn't a dig, unless you decide to take it that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gjnl View Post
    i worked for 20 years, with a spinal cord injury, in the private sector with no aid or assistance from a department of rehabilitation or vocational rehab. I had no idea what dor meant in your post, neither did "funlab," and very likely others.

    I do hate it when people use acronyms and have been quite vocal about that here. This isn't a dig, unless you decide to take it that way.
    stfu.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oddity View Post
    stfu.

    Oh "Oddity," I didn't know you cared! So Thankful For U. That's such a sweet thing to say! (I'm not entirely humorless)

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