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I paid a full time caregiver for my 93 yr old mother $18,000…

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I paid a full time caregiver for my 93 yr old mother $18,000 in 2017 to care for my mother. what is the proper way of deducting this on my taxes? Should this be reported as medical expenses or dependent care expenses? I make approx. 95,000 a year.

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Should I issue the caregiver a 1099? I did not withhold taxes from the $18,000.

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The caregiver expenses can be deducted as a medical expenses on your tax return.

If the caregiver works for an agency, then the agency submits the 1099 to their contract labor or a W-2 for employees.

If you pay the caregiver directly, then they should be considered contract labor & any money paid over $600 per year should have a 1099 issued by January 31 of the following year. $600 is the threshold for 1099's, under $600, no 1099.

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When I issue the 1099 do I use my social security number as the Employer ID number?

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