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I am paying for my son-in-law's dental work- can I use it for a deduction on my federal return?

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Tax Professional: Lane, JD, CFP, MBA, CRPS replied 8 months ago
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HI, MY NAME’S LANE - I hold a law degree (J.D.), with concentration in Tax Law, Estate law & Corporate law, an MBA in finance, a BBA, and CFP & CRPS (Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist) designations, as well - I’ve been providing financial, Social Security/Medicare, estate, corporate, non-profit, and tax advice 1986.

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Tax Professional: Lane, JD, CFP, MBA, CRPS replied 8 months ago

If you can get over the 10% AGI Threshold, and you itemize, usually, you can claim a dependency exemption for a relative only if you provide more than half of the relative's annual support and his or her gross income doesn't exceed the personal exemption amount ...

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But there's a slight wrinkle in these rules for "medical dependents." The IRS says in Pub. 502, Medical and Dental Expenses, that you can include medical expenses paid for the relative if you pass the half-support test – even if you can't claim the relative as a dependent because of the gross income test.

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Tax Professional: Lane, JD, CFP, MBA, CRPS replied 8 months ago

So, yes, if he qualifies as being your dependent under the qualifying relative test, (with the exception of the gross income test (4050 in 2017), you can deduct.

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Here's an excellent flowchart for determining qualifying relative status. Simply be sure that he meets all of the criteria EXCEPT for the gross income test in step 4:

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https://apps.irs.gov/app/vita/content/globalmedia/table_2_dependency_exemption_relative_4012.pdf

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Tax Professional: Lane, JD, CFP, MBA, CRPS replied 8 months ago

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