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is mental therapy a tax deduction

i have been going to...
i have been going to a marriage and family therapist for almost a year, and i want to know if i can add this to my tax deduction or similar
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Medical expenses are the costs 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, and diagnostic devices needed for these purposes. They also include dental expenses.

Medical care expenses must be primarily to alleviate or prevent a physical or mental defect or illness. They do not include expenses that are merely beneficial to general health, such as vitamins or a vacation.

Going to marriage and family therapist will not fall under the meaning of medical expenses. It is more towards promoting your marriage and family life. It is like counselling and hence will not be deductible unless you have mental illness as discussed below.

To qualify as a medical expense-it must be paid for the prevention or alleviation of a physical or mental defect or illness. Medical care expenses include payments for the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease, or treatment affecting any structure or function of the body. The cost of drugs is deductible only for drugs that require a prescription, except for insulin. Click the link for detail information-

http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc502.html

Also here is a link to the publication that described various treatments that will be deductible.

http://www.irs.gov/publications/p502/index.html

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Customer reply replied 11 years ago
I spent alot of money on this, so in other words i have to be mentally unstable?

Unforunately, yes. It has to be a mental illness or defect whereby the mental therapy has been prescribed to cure such a defect or illness.

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