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How old is the adult child?
By default, parents can deduct the medical expenses of their children under the age of 27 even if they are not on their healthcare plan, and even if the child is not listed as a dependent on the tax return.
There are also criteria that can be met so that children over that age can have their expenses deducted.
Also, if you are able to claim your adult child as a dependent on your tax return, you can deduct medical expenses.
To be a "qualifying relative" you must provide over 1/2 of the child's total support, and they cannot earn more than the exemption amount during the year.
The adult child is 43
Okay thank you for that further information. Do you provide over 1/2 of this adult child's total support?
If you do not provide over 1/2 of their total support, then you cannot claim their expenses as a deduction. If you did provide over 1/2 of their total support you could deduct the medical expenses, even if you could not otherwise claim them as a dependent because they earned too much money.
I'm truly sorry if this information is not favorable to your situation.
Did you know that you can also claim the medical expenses of your parents or grandparents, if you provide more than 1/2 of their support? That may be worth looking into if you have elderly parents.
Here's a good article on the topic: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/beat-the-system-to-claim-medical-expense-deduction-2013-07-23
I just gave her $700 for a medical procedure. If I had written the check directly to the doctor would that have made a tax difference?
No, it would not. If you provided more than 1/2 her total support it would have been deductible either way. The key here is that you do not provide over 1/2 of her total support
OK I got it...thanks for your information. Bye Larry B.
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