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I pay Mothers costs at a retirement home can I deduct the

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I pay for my Mothers costs at a retirement home can I deduct the cost of her care?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Jonathan Tierney replied 1 year ago.

Hi, my name is ***** ***** I can help. As long as your mother is your dependent, you can claim her long-term care expenses as a medical deduction, to the extent that you paid them. Even if she is not your dependent, according to IRS Pubication 502 (found here:

You can include medical expenses you paid for an individual that would have been your dependent except that:

  1. He or she received gross income of $4,000 or more in 2015,

  2. He or she filed a joint return for 2015, or

  3. You, or your spouse if filing jointly, could be claimed as a dependent on someone else's 2015 return

I hope this answers your question. Please let me know if I can clarify anything or answer any additional questions.

Thanks, Jonathan