Are Dental Procedures Tax Deductible?

Now that the new year has begun, tax time will be here before you know it. Fortunately, certain dental expenses can be deducted from your taxes. Read on for a brief summary of the Internal Revenue Service’s rules on the matter.

Tax-Deductible Dental Expenses FAQ

Under What Circumstances Can I Deduct?

According to the IRS, if you qualify to itemize your deductions for a taxable year you may be able to deduct expenses you paid that year for dental care for yourself, your spouse, and your dependents. But keep in mind that the payment for those expenses must have been mailed or delivered during the calendar year in question.

How Much Can I Deduct?

You may deduct only the amount of your total medical/dental expenses that exceed 7.5% of your adjusted gross income (AGI). However, if you were reimbursed by insurance or another source, your deduction will be reduced by the amount of the reimbursement.

Which Services Are Deductible?

The list of deductible claims include, but are not limited to: routine teeth cleaning, application of sealants and fluoride treatments, X-rays, fillings, braces, extractions, dentures, and prescription medications. However, you cannot deduct for elective cosmetic procedures like teeth whitening and veneers, non-prescription medicines, or over-the-counter dental products like toothpaste.

Are There Any Other Dental Expenses That Are Deductible?

Moreover, you may also claim deductions for transportation expenses to and from your appointments, including private transportation, with its associated costs for gasoline, parking, tolls, and the standard IRS mileage rate.

More Questions? Ask Us!

If you have any further questions about your dental bills and taxes, the team here at Elevate Smile Design would be glad to help. And if it’s time for your biannual checkup, or if you need to see Dr. Perlman or Dr. Mai about any other oral health issue, please give us a call today and we will schedule your appointment promptly.

Feel free to ask our friendly team any of your dental-related questions.

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