When purchasing the Walk-in tub for you or for someone who would beneficiate greatly from it you wonder what impact can have in 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 only benefits your general health it is cannot be included as a medical expense tax.
Is a walk-in tub considered a medical expenses 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 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 requires also some modifications in your home.
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 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. You can read about medicare cover too.
Mary White has 17 years of experience in senior care products. Editor of WalkInTubsGuide.net in the last 9 years. Mary writings have helped seniors and their families choose the right walk-in tub solution.