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Pearl, My grandson was admitted to a drug rehab center. In

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Pearl, My name is Cy. My grandson was admitted to a drug rehab center. In order to assist his mother I paid a portion of the cost can I use this as a deduction? I have the reciepts.
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Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Robin D. replied 9 months ago.

Hello

That depends. Normally you can only claim medical expenses for yourself or a dependent. Sometimes you cannot claim someone as a dependent only because their income is too much. When that happens you can still claim any medical you paid for them on your Schedule A even though you are not claiming them as a dependent.

IF you were going to claim your grandson because you supported him but he had income over $4050 so the rules said you could not THEN you could claim the rehab as a medical deduction.

If you did not and would not be able to claim him anyway, you cannot use the medical expense.

It all depends on if you were looking to claim him as a dependent normally but that rule (about income for relatives being $4050 or more) stopped you then yes, add the rehab to your Schedule A.

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