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How can caregivers qualify for tax breaks on the health care they pay for?

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To qualify for tax breaks on health care you pay for, the person you provide care for must be a dependent. You might be able to claim a parent as a dependent if the parent lives with you and you provide more than half their financial support. Get details at www.irs.gov or by calling 800-829-1040.

You may be able to get a credit on your tax return if you pay someone else for caregiving services so that you can work. And you may be able to deduct medical bills that you pay for your loved one.

SOURCES:

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Medicare.gov: "What Should Every Caregiver Know?;" "Caregiving;" "How Do You Care for Someone With a Disability, Chronic Illness, or Injury?;" "What Caregiver Support is Available in My Area?;" "What Type of Care is Best for Your Loved One?;" "Caregiver resource kit;" "How Can You Plan for the Future?;" and "What types of expenses does Medicare cover?"

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Longtermcare.gov: "Medicare;" "Who Needs Care?;" "Who Pays for Long-Term Care?;" and "Costs: How to Pay."

Reviewed by Sarah Goodell on February 14, 2018

SOURCES:

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Medicare.gov: "What Should Every Caregiver Know?;" "Caregiving;" "How Do You Care for Someone With a Disability, Chronic Illness, or Injury?;" "What Caregiver Support is Available in My Area?;" "What Type of Care is Best for Your Loved One?;" "Caregiver resource kit;" "How Can You Plan for the Future?;" and "What types of expenses does Medicare cover?"

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Longtermcare.gov: "Medicare;" "Who Needs Care?;" "Who Pays for Long-Term Care?;" and "Costs: How to Pay."

Reviewed by Sarah Goodell on February 14, 2018

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