I had a cosmetic surgery that was medically necessary can i write it off on my taxes?

I had a cosmetic surgery that was medically necessary can i write it off on my taxes?

cosmetic surgery
David S asked:

i had surgery this past year and it was 8000 that my insurance didn’t cover. my doctor gave me a note saying it was medically necessary that i have this cosmetic surgery and it was from medication from earlier in my life. can i write this off my taxes? please help i don’t want to get audited.
it was for Gynecomastia
and my doctor said i needed it for my future and current health, and back.

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Posted in Qns & Ans on Mar 29th, 2011, 2:11 pm by plastic_surgery_world   

6 Responses

  1. Jacqueline G
    June 23rd, 2009 | 7:37 pm

    No you can not write it off on taxes, but you can get an attorney and go after your insurance company. If it was medically necessary they should have covered it or at least a percentage of it, jut like they would with any other surgery.

  2. ninasgramma
    June 24th, 2009 | 5:39 am

    Your physician needs to write you a note saying that the procedure was to correct a defect. Then you can deduct the expense on your tax return.

    Examples of deductible cosmetic surgery would be scarring or a birth defect.

    Keep your physician statement with your records.

    Whether your insurance pays you or not does not determine if the procedure is deductible.

  3. hrblockchristinew
    June 25th, 2009 | 2:44 am

    If it was for medical reasons you can claim any medical expenses that are over 7 1/2 percent of your adjusted gross income. In order to benefit your deductions should be over your standard deduction.


    This advice was prepared based on our understanding of the tax law in effect at the time it was written as sit applies to the facts that you have provided.

  4. Just Me
    June 25th, 2009 | 6:54 am

    Not unless it’s for medical reasons.

  5. v b
    June 26th, 2009 | 1:49 pm

    This is one of those, keep the photos kind of thing.

  6. baileymarkw2003
    June 28th, 2009 | 1:31 pm

    You can deduct cosmetic surgery if it meaningfully promotes the proper function of the body, or if prevents or treats illness or disease. If the expense meets this requirements, you can deduct the amount that exceeds 7.5% of your income. For example, if your income is $50,000, then you can’t deduct the first 7.5%, which is $3750. But you can deduct the rest (8000-3750=$4250). Don’t forget to deduct ALL your other medical expenses for the year, too. This includes any medical insurance premiums and deductibles or co-pays. Just add it all up and deduct the total amount over the 7.5% floor. It is unlikely you will get audited. At the most, they might send you a letter asking for an explanation of the expense. Be sure to keep the doctor’s note and the receipts showing your payments, which you will then provide if you do get such a letter from the IRS.

    Hope this helps!

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