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What Dental Expenses Are Tax Deductible?

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With April around the corner, we’re right in the midst of tax season. You may not have associated your dental care expenses with your taxes in the past, but it’s possible you actually qualify to deduct dental expenses from your taxes if you itemize your deductions! Many people invest a considerable amount of money into their dental care each year and it’s important to know what you can and can’t claim on your taxes.

The Stipulations

Most medical and dental costs in 2018 can be itemized if they amount to over 7.5% of your adjusted gross income (AGI). Keep in mind that for 2019, the guidelines changed so that the expenses must exceed 10% of your AGI.

Treatments You CAN’T Deduct

Any elective procedures or cosmetic dental treatments are not eligible to be deducted from your taxes. For example, dental veneers, professional teeth whitening, or other cosmetic enhancement.

Treatments You CAN Deduct

Routine preventive dental care such as cleanings, exams, fluoride treatments, and dental sealants are all tax deductible. Treatments to eliminate disease or problem areas are also deductible. What about emergencies? They’re deductible too! Essentially, any medically necessary dental treatment can be deducted. While braces improve your cosmetic appearance, they’re still deductible since a straight smile has several oral health benefits.

Valid Dates

Keep in mind that your deductibles are relative to the year that you paid for treatment, not necessarily when you received treatment. Oftentimes, extensive procedures are split into more manageable payments and it’s important to keep track of the year you paid for them.

Travel Expenses

Don’t forget about all of the time and miles spent traveling back and forth between dentist or orthodontist visits! The standard mileage rate for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for 2018 is 18 cents per mile driven for medical purposes.

Ask Us All Your Dental-Related Questions!

If you need any information while preparing your taxes about dental services you received here at Ruby Canyon Dental, our team would be happy to help. In the meantime, we hope you’ve scheduled your next routine cleaning and we look forward to seeing you here at Ruby Canyon Dental.

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