After receiving my tax return from my CPA I notice that the monies spent on respite care was not included in the medical deductions? - AgingCare.com

After receiving my tax return from my CPA I notice that the monies spent on respite care was not included in the medical deductions?

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This amount of money consists of two have days a week with a yearly cost of $6,000. We caregivers need these breaks to keep ourself going. It is my opinion that we are saving the government $100,000 by trying to keep our love one at home, but the government does not seem to give use a break. Any thoughts on this.

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If your parent is your dependent then you can claim under medical expenses. But if they are in a care facility anything you spend on them for medicine not covered, or extra nursing care or respite care is on your taxes. and can be added to you medical expenses but remember that the medical expenses has to be more than 7.8% of your income in order to be added to your tax return. The same is true if they are living with you and are your dependent then it still has to meet the 7.5% of total income of the household before it can be taken off. IE you are screwed both ways. Unless you have no income whatsoever. And then it's how are you paying to take care of them if you have no income? Screwed again.
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I am not a CPA, but I assume respite care wasn't allowed as a deduction as that was a "choice", not a medical necessity for the patient [your husband].

I agree with you, such items should be allowed as a deduction to give the caregivers a much needed break.
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I'm assuming that the CPA actually itemized the medical costs and provided a breakdown on the line items?
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What did the CPA say when you asked him why this wasn't included in the medical deductions? Did he/she advise that according to IRS regs it wouldn't be considered as a medical cost?
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