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A taxpayer lives in Los Angeles. Her Mother is in a nursing

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A taxpayer lives in Los Angeles. Her Mother is in a nursing home in New York? Her mother has a stroke and the nursing home no longer will allow the mother to remain a resident since she is no longer ambulatory. The taxpayer moves her mother from New York to Los Angeles so that she can be in a nursing home in Los Angeles and so the taxpayer can better monitor her care. Is the cost of moving a medical expense for the mother? i.e., the transferring from one medial care facility to another, across country. The mother is paying for the move from her own funds.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Merlo replied 7 years ago.

Hello JA Customer,


The IRS only allows transportation expenses as a medical deduction if the expenses are primarily for and essential to medical care.


Transportation costs which are incurred by choice and not by necessity are not deductible. For example, if you decide to travel to a distant location for an operation that could easily be performed at home, the transportation costs are not deductible.


More than likely the taxpayer's mother could have been moved to another facility in the NY area that could have handled her care, and so it appears that the move to LA was more for the convenience of the taxpayer to better monitor her mother's care. That being the case, the cost of the travel could not be deducted as a medical expense.


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