When purchasing the Walk-in tub for you or for someone who would beneficiate greatly from it you wonder what impact can have on your tax deduction. Can it be viewed as a medical necessity or not?
The IRS states that the expense must be proven to have been to prevent or alleviate a physical or mental condition and that if it only benefits your general health, it cannot be included as a medical expense tax.
Is a walk-in tub considered a medical expense in that sense?
If you only purchased the walk-in for its rejuvenating proprieties or for supporting organ function, soothing pain, or digestion, it is not included.
But if you bought it with a doctor’s diagnosis it is qualified for the tax deduction, i. e. if you purchased the walk-in for medical reasons (arthritis, sclerosis – mobility issues) it can be considered a medical expense and tax-deductible as a medical expense.
When you purchase a Walk-in tub for medical reasons you are spending the money on improving your health and it also requires some modifications in your home. You can read about medicare coverage too.
If you prove that all that money was spent because you needed to alter your house in order to better your quality of life it will certainly be qualified for a tax deduction and you will have some of that money back.
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So the answer is yes, as long as you prove your purchase with a medical diagnosis your walk-in tub is tax deductible.
But if you bought it for preventive reasons or “spa” reasons you will have a difficult time proving otherwise without medical reasons.