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    Diapers and taxes

    I am wondering if we can write off diapers as an expense due to our disability?

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    I would guess that you may be able to use diapers in your medical expense write off if you have total expenses that exceed 7.5% of your adjusted gross income. Beyond that guess, you may need to have a prescription of medical necessity from a physician. Ask your tax professional. Medical expense deductions are tricky.



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    gjnl is right. From the Turbo Tax website:

    Medical expense deductions

    Most taxpayers know that medical expenses are deductible but few of us ever actually benefit from the deduction. The catch? This deduction has two high hurdles:

    1. You must itemize deductions to write off medical expenses, and only about one-third of taxpayers have itemized in the past.
    2. Medical costs are deductible only after they exceed 7.5 percent of your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) in 2017 and 2018. So if your AGI is $50,000, the first $3,750 ($50,000 x 0.075) of unreimbursed medical expenses doesn't count.


    Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, all taxpayers may deduct only the amount of the total unreimbursed allowable medical care expenses for the year that exceeds 10% of your adjusted gross income.
    Although it seems difficult to claim these deductions, there are situations when it actually works out. Mostly when:

    • You expenses are high perhaps due to a serious illness or injury, or just needing braces for a couple of teenagers.
    • Your AGI is low maybe due to low taxable retirement income or being out of work for part of the year.

    If you combine these two, you have a “perfect” combination for deducting medical expenses.
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    I read on here a post from someone yesterday that said that you could write off 100% of expenses for a chronic disability under other expenses rather than being limited like you are if you call them medical expenses.

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    I include every purchase that I wouldn't need if I was able-bodied. I was audited one year and when I rolled into the IRS agent's office with my pile of receipts, including a copy of the receipt for a new wheelchair that insurance paid for the agent totaled everything and increased my medical deduction by more than $8,000 which was the cost of the wheelchair.

    The chance of being audited today is very slim.


    IRS Audit Rates by Income Level for Individuals (2016)

    Income
    Level
    Percentage of Total Returns FiledPercentage of Returns Audited
    No adjusted gross income1.7%3.25%
    $1 ? $24,99937.45%0.8%
    $25,000-$49,99923.21%0.49%
    $50,000-$74,99913.20%0.41%
    $75,000-$99,9998.52%0.52%
    $100,000-$199,99911.72%0.62%
    $200,000-$499,9993.38%1.01%
    $500,000-$999,9990.54%3.62%
    $1,000,000-$4,999,9990.25%2.06%
    $5,000,000-$9,999,9990.02%10.46%
    $10,000,000+0.01%18.79%

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