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I am a caregiver for a non family member with dementia who lives in my home with me. A couple of times, I had to rent a car in order to get him to his doctors appointments. Can I deduct the cost of the car rental in my taxes?

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If he is the employer, he can reimburse you the expense, then deduct it from his own taxes if he itemizes. This is for the same reasons -- he's not a dependent and you are not a business if he is your employer. Now if you are self-employed, it is a different matter, because then it would fall into business expenses. However, this goes along with paying your own self-employment and estimated taxes. Not fun.
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Ok, well, I signed him up for " In home supportive services," that's how I became his caregiver, so he became my employer. I am paid through this program. Does this still make it so I can't deduct the car rental expenses?
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Most likely not. Medical expenses have to be for yourself or a legal dependent. I assume that the person is not a legal dependent since he is not a family member. Now, if you were a business providing services to clients, then it would be a deductible business expense.
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