Are dental bills tax deductible?

tax timeIf you’ve had to undergo major dental work during the past year, you may already realize how expensive a trip to the dentist can be.

While taking care of your oral health is important, you may wonder if those large dental bills are beneficial in more ways than one, and if you can use them as a tax deduction.

The good news is, yes, you can.

Dental expenses are deductible if they were paid to your dentist to prevent, diagnose and treat any dental problems, including dentures. You may also deduct your prescription drug expenses that were prescribed by your dentist or over-the-counter pain medications, even toothpaste. Transportation costs can be deducted if they are dental-related. If you used your own vehicle to get to the dentist, use the Internal Revenue Service’s standard mileage rate.

Combine your dental and medical expenses. You can itemize these expenses on your tax return as long as the amount exceeds 7.5 percent of your adjusted gross income for the year. You can’t deduct for any reimbursements you may have received through dental insurance. Don’t forget to include any dental or medical expenses paid for your spouse or dependents.

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