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Instructions for Schedule A (Form 1040)
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Medical and Dental Expenses(p1)

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You can deduct only the part of your medical and dental expenses that exceeds 7.5% of the amount on Form 1040, line 38.
Pub. 502 discusses the types of expenses you can and cannot deduct. It also explains when you can deduct capital expenses and special care expenses for disabled persons.
caution
If you received a distribution from a health savings account or a medical savings account in 2011, see Pub. 969 to figure your deduction.
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Examples of Medical and Dental Payments You Can Deduct(p1)

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To the extent you were not reimbursed, you can deduct what you paid for:
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If, during 2011, you were an eligible trade adjustment assistance (TAA) recipient, alternative TAA (ATAA) recipient, reemployment TAA (RTAA) recipient, or Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) pension recipient, you must reduce your insurance premiums by any amounts used to figure the health coverage tax credit. See the instructions for line 1.
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Deceased taxpayer.(p2)
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Certain medical expenses paid out of a deceased taxpayer's estate can be claimed on the deceased taxpayer's final return. See Pub. 502 for details.
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Limit on long-term care premiums you can deduct.(p2)
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The amount you can deduct for qualified long-term care insurance contracts (as defined in Pub. 502) depends on the age, at the end of 2011, of the person for whom the premiums were paid. See the chart below for details.
IF the person was, at the end of 2011, age . . .THEN the most you can deduct is . . .
40 or under$ 340
41–50$ 640
51–60$ 1,270
61–70$ 3,390
71 or older$ 4,240
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Examples of Medical and Dental Payments You Cannot Deduct(p2)

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Line 1(p2)

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Medical and Dental Expenses(p2)

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Enter the total of your medical and dental expenses, after you reduce these expenses by any payments received from insurance or other sources. See Reimbursements, later.
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Do not forget to include insurance premiums you paid for medical and dental care. But if you claimed the self-employed health insurance deduction on Form 1040, line 29, reduce the premiums by the amount on line 29.
caution
If, during 2011, you were an eligible trade adjustment assistance (TAA) recipient, alternative TAA (ATAA) recipient, reemployment TAA (RTAA) recipient, or Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) pension recipient, you must complete Form 8885 before completing Schedule A, line 1. When figuring the amount of insurance premiums you can deduct on Schedule A, do not include:
  • Any amounts you included on Form 8885, line 4,
  • Any qualified health insurance premiums you paid to
    U.S. Treasury—HCTC, or
  • Any health coverage tax credit advance payments shown in box 1 and any additional credit reported in the box to the left of box 8 of Form 1099-H.
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Whose medical and dental expenses can you include?(p2)
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You can include medical and dental bills you paid for anyone who was one of the following either when the services were provided or when you paid for them.

Example.(p2)

You provided over half of your mother's support but cannot claim her as a dependent because she received wages of $3,700 in 2011. You can include on line 1 any medical and dental expenses you paid in 2011 for your mother.
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Insurance premiums for certain nondependents.(p2)
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You may have a medical or dental insurance policy that also covers an individual who is not your dependent (for example, a nondependent child under age 27). You cannot deduct any premiums attributable to this individual, unless they are such a person described under Whose medical and dental expenses can you include, earlier. However, if you had family coverage when you added this individual to your policy and your premiums did not increase, you can enter on line 1 the full amount of your medical and dental insurance premiums. See Pub. 502 for more information.
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Reimbursements.(p2)
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If your insurance company paid the provider directly for part of your expenses, and you paid only the amount that remained, include on line 1 only the amount you paid. If you received a reimbursement in 2011 for medical or dental expenses you paid in 2011, reduce your 2011 expenses by this amount. If you received a reimbursement in 2011 for prior year medical or dental expenses, do not reduce your 2011 expenses by this amount. But if you deducted the expenses in the earlier year and the deduction reduced your tax, you must include the reimbursement in income on Form 1040, line 21. See Pub. 502 for details on how to figure the amount to include.
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Cafeteria plans.(p2)
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Do not include on line 1 insurance premiums paid by an employer-sponsored health insurance plan (cafeteria plan) unless the premiums are included in box 1 of your Form(s) W-2. Also, do not include any other medical and dental expenses paid by the plan unless the amount paid is included in box 1 of your Form(s) W-2.