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I have moved in with my mother to care for her at night and on the weekends. She has a caregiver during the week as I work and am gone. She has a monthly income under $2000 and until Sept 2013 had a savings to pay for home care. Since Sept 2013 , I have paid for home care and her income has gone for bills, food, etc. She has filed for Medicaid but was denied-she is appealing.

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I pay a caregiver to help care for my husband who is a stroke victim. He relies on both of us for most of his daily activities. May I deduct any of her wages?
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This is the first year that my Mom wont be paying for care givers herself. Her savings ran out as of October. However, her monthly pension is just enough to cover food and bills. I have been paying for her care giver since October-just didnt know if anyone knew right off if my time spent at night and weekends was in any way deductible.
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I was wondering of your mother herself, might have a better chance of deducting some medical expenses?
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AND one other info source that might be worthwhile: www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2013/10/adult-child-living-with-parents-needs-insurance/index.htm
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It's dicey adn complicated. The best bet is absolutely to go to a tax professional in your state who clearly understands Medicaid issues too. You can try looking at www.jacksonhewitt.com/uploadedFiles/JacksonHewitt2014com/Content/Resource_Center/Healthcare_and_Taxes/Resources/ACA-Boomerang-Children-report.pdf
and www.cbpp.org/files/Household-Definitions-Webinar-7Aug13.pdf for ideas, but seriously, ask a pro to run the numbers and decide what will work best in your favor.
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Laurie,, I hate to tell you this, but if you collect Medicaid and are claimed as a dependent, both the IRS and the Welfare office will consider that a fraud. So don't tell anyone, please.
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She makes too much money to be a dependent, read the 1040 instructions.
You cannot claim her expenses as your deductions, sorry.
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My mom is our dependent on our taxes - she lives in an apartment in our house, and we buy most of her food and pay all her bills - her utilities, phone, cable, and until she went on Medicaid, her Medicare supplement. Check with your accountant so you've got all the proof you need to declare her a dependent should the IRS ever challenge it.
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