Find out which medical and dental expenses are deductible and how to claim them on your taxes—plus, some tax traps to avoid.
When to Deduct Medical Expenses
You can deduct medical and dental expenses in the year you paid for them, regardless of when the services were provided. So if you received medical treatment in 2010, but didn’t pay for it until 2011, you can only deduct the expenses in 2011.
If you neglected to claim a deductible medical expense, you can file an amended tax return on Form 1040X for the year you missed the tax break. You generally have 3 years from the date the original return was filed or 2 years from the date you paid tax, whichever is later, to correct a botched tax return.
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