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Deductible medical expenses -Good Afternoon,I...
Deductible medical expenses -Good Afternoon,I have two questions concerning medical expenses.1) If a doctor writes a prescription for a patient to hire a personal trainer to have him exercise x times per week, etc. when would/could that be consider part of total medical expenses when totaling up expenses for the year?2) When would a service dog be consider a medical deduction?
a) What proof, evidence does one need to prove that they require a service dog?
b) If a psychiatrist prescribes one, does that count?
c) What expenses related to the service dog would count?Thanks,
JW
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If the physical training was a part of the medical care. Medical care expenses must be primarily to alleviate or prevent a physical or mental defect or illness. They don't include expenses that are merely beneficial to general health.

You can't include in medical expenses health club dues or amounts paid to improve one's general health or to relieve physical or mental discomfort not related to a particular medical condition.

You can include in medical expenses the costs of buying, training, and maintaining a guide dog or other service animal to assist a visually impaired or hearing disabled person, or a person with other physical disabilities. In general, this includes any costs, such as food, grooming, and veterinary care, incurred in maintaining the health and vitality of the service animal so that it may perform its duties. A physician would need to sign a statement that the service animal was required.

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