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I recently purchased a new accessible van with an electric

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I recently purchased a new accessible van with an electric extending ramp and adjustable drivers seat. The handicapped accessories to the new van cost $25000.00. Is this expense deductible on my 2015 tax return? I had polio in 1946, I'm 75 now and use an electric scooter and crutches to get around.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Robin D. replied 1 year ago.

Hello,

You must be considered disabled. I know you advised about having polio but I have to add that point to the answer.

If you pay to equip your vehicle with a wheelchair lift or hand controls, the cost of installing these modifications can be part of your medical expenses deductions. You would need to report that on Schedule A under medical. By placing the expense under medical you will be allowed only your medical amounts that are more than 7.5% of your Adjusted Gross Income.

Medical expenses are the cost of diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease and the costs for treatments affecting any part or function of the body. They include the costs of equipment, supplies, diagnostic devices, and transportation for needed medical care and payments for medical insurance.

Expert:  Robin D. replied 1 year ago.
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