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Can You Claim Plastics On Your Taxes?

mybadof4
on 1/30/11 4:24 pm - De Pere, WI
RNY on 11/09/09 with
Just wondering if you can claim plastics as medical for a tax return? 
 Mary       
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Hayd9654
on 1/30/11 4:53 pm - AZ
No....It is considered cosmetic and not health related. 
mybadof4
on 1/30/11 5:19 pm - De Pere, WI
RNY on 11/09/09 with
Even if your PCP says it is needed?
 Mary       
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Spencer
on 1/30/11 7:33 pm - Sacramento, CA
I claimed my reconstructive surgery on my taxes.  Dont call it plastics.  I even got audit and won. 
levittown_loser
on 1/30/11 7:58 pm - Levittown, PA
DS on 07/02/08 with
Thanks ... I just looked back at your post about it and saw the info from Mendee ...

http://www.obesityhelp.com/forums/plasticsurgery/4050527/Letters-for-Taxes/#32882842

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mybadof4
on 1/31/11 7:14 am - De Pere, WI
RNY on 11/09/09 with
Thanks again Tom
 Mary       
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Hayd9654
on 1/30/11 8:08 pm - AZ
Even if you PCP says it is need it is not allowed as a tax deduction. If you read pub 502 for medical and dental expenses it states that plastic surgery is not a allowed expense. That is one of the reasons why medical insurance companies don't allow it as a expense they will cover. If you claim it and get audited I am 100% sure that it would get disallowed. 
Renee2007
on 1/30/11 9:17 pm - Central, FL


http://www.irs.gov/publications/p502/ar02.html#en_US_publink1000179043


Cosmetic Surgery
 

 

Generally, you cannot include in medical expenses the amount you pay for unnecessary cosmetic surgery. This includes any procedure that is directed at improving the patient's appearance and does not meaningfully promote the proper function of the body or prevent or treat illness or disease. You generally cannot include in medical expenses the amount you pay for procedures such as face lifts, hair transplants, hair removal (electrolysis), and liposuction.

You can include in medical expenses the amount you pay for cosmetic surgery if it is necessary to improve a deformity arising from, or directly related to, a congenital abnormality, a personal injury resulting from an accident or trauma, or a disfiguring disease.

Example.

An individual undergoes surgery that removes a breast as part of treatment for cancer. She pays a surgeon to reconstruct the breast. The surgery to reconstruct the breast corrects a deformity directly related to the disease. The cost of the surgery is includible in her medical expenses.


I think it all comes down to perception and everyone is going to view it in their own way. I was obese from my own doings. I lost a lot of weight and ended up with some loose and excess skin. I didn't have a disfiguring disease. All of my body parts functioned without plastic surgery. See, it's all in how you view it. I spent a ton of money on plastics but I'm not claiming it on my taxes. For me it was to make me look better. For someone else it could be totally different. I'm not taking on the IRS.


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(deactivated member)
on 1/31/11 3:41 am
I do taxes and if I had to pay out of pocket I would claim my expenses (might not have too because as my plan is now, insurance will cover a tt). I think a person could make a very good case that some plastic surgeries could be considered a medical necessity to correct a medical problem like skin infections, back  and neck pain. I would claim it, but stay mindful of a possible audit.

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Annie E.
on 1/31/11 1:39 pm
so can you write off the bariatrics surgery since its not plastics? just curious.
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mybadof4
on 1/31/11 2:33 pm, edited 1/31/11 2:33 pm - De Pere, WI
RNY on 11/09/09 with
Yes I did without a problem!
 Mary       
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(deactivated member)
on 1/31/11 3:14 pm
Yes, it is a treatment for a disease (obesity).  Here is a link to the IRS website that goes into a little more detail. http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc502.html

Keep in mind you can deduct medical and dental expenses to the extent that the exceed 7.5% of your adjusted gross income. It's not just your surgery, it's also mileage, dental bills, other doctor bills that are not related to the surgery, lab work, etc.
Annie E.
on 1/31/11 8:04 pm
thanks for the link, so I read it but not real clear.  If i my insurance paid some, and i am making payments on the rest, can i count that or only what ive paid so far?  thanks for the help.
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(deactivated member)
on 2/1/11 12:17 pm
Yes, only what you have paid.
# 1 MACK_MAMA
on 2/3/11 6:27 am
 I had TWO rounds of plastics as reconstructive, medically necessary procedures. 

I claimed BOTH rounds - one in 2008, the other in 2009.  I actually did an amended for the '08 when I filed in '09 when I realized I hadn't included the expense. 

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