June 2013 Moms

Re: Nursing Moms- Tax Deduction

  • Anyone know if this is for 2013 or 2014?
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  • @subliminalrabbit I searched the IRS website and this article came up and was updated in December, so I'm guessing it'll count for 2013 taxes.  http://www.irs.gov/uac/Medical-and-Dental-Expenses-(ASL)-YouTube-video-text-script
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  • My hubby is sleeping or else id get further info but im pretty sure that when it comes to medical deductions theyre complicated. (hes in the accounting field)
    Its based on a percentage of your income i think.
    Like, unless your medical deductions add up to more than (lets say) 7% of your income you wont get a refund back because of your medical deductions.
    I can ask him later and report back.
    I think that there was a mommy accountant on here. Maybe she can weigh in?
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  • CL8badB said:
    My hubby is sleeping or else id get further info but im pretty sure that when it comes to medical deductions theyre complicated. (hes in the accounting field) Its based on a percentage of your income i think. Like, unless your medical deductions add up to more than (lets say) 7% of your income you wont get a refund back because of your medical deductions. I can ask him later and report back. I think that there was a mommy accountant on here. Maybe she can weigh in?
    IRS website says you can only use medical expense deductions if they're over 10% of your adjusted gross income.  
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  • BC&LMBC&LM
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    Not to start a big debate, but why can't formula be deducted too? It's used for the same purpose--feeding the baby.  It wouldn't matter for me anyway; we never meet the dollar amount we would need for medical deductions.
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  • It is for 2013, but medical expenses have to be over 10k like @kelly422 said and you have to itemize andplusalso pumps are covered for lots of people. You can't deduct bottles, bras, or a bunch of random other things.
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  • I'm thinking this might not matter for most people because A. pumps are covered by most insurance companies because of the ACA and B. it's only counting for the pump itself right?
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  • Bleachy14Bleachy14
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    Agreed with some of the previous posts... You have to be able to itemize your deductions, and on top of that, your medical expenses have to exceed 10% of your AGI.
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  • BC&LM said:

    Not to start a big debate, but why can't formula be deducted too? It's used for the same purpose--feeding the baby.  It wouldn't matter for me anyway; we never meet the dollar amount we would need for medical deductions.

    I think this part answers that question:
    The same proposal was rejected last year because the IRS didn’t think breastfeeding had enough benefits to be considered medical care. But, the American Academy of Pediatrics and other breastfeeding advocates fought for the proposal, citing the many long-lasting health benefits of breast milk.

    Formula is also covered by WIC so low income moms using that program do get help with formula, which is great.
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  • BC&LM said:

    Not to start a big debate, but why can't formula be deducted too? It's used for the same purpose--feeding the baby.  It wouldn't matter for me anyway; we never meet the dollar amount we would need for medical deductions.

    Because it's not actually a tax break on your boobs or breast milk but the pump. There are plenty of breast feeding mothers that never purchase expensive pumps.

    Here a medically prescribed formula would count under medical deductions but besides that it's a food item, not medical.
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  • @BC&LM, It's for the pump, since a breastpump is medical equipment necessary for the function of the body (in a lactating woman). So it's not considered a medical supply for the baby, but for the mother.
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  • llbta85llbta85
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    Lactation consultations should also qualify. 

    ETA: If you used an HSA or FSA to fund any of this it won't qulaify. You may also meet the threshold to deduct medical expenses for 2013 (again if you didn't use an HSA or FSA) if you had steep OOP costs associated with L&D.

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  • llbta85 said:

    Lactation consultations should also qualify. 

    I'm glad about this. Also wonder about supplements for supply....?

  • @FunkyPhoenix - off the top of my head, unless they were prescribed by a doctor, no. 
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