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Itemized Deductions, Standard Deductions - Medical, Nursing Home, Special Care Expenses

  1. My father is in a nursing home and I pay for the entire cost. Can I deduct the expenses on my tax return?

Rev. date: 12/21/2012

My father is in a nursing home and I pay for the entire cost. Can I deduct the expenses on my tax return?

Nursing home expenses are allowable as medical expenses in certain instances.

To determine if your father qualifies as your dependent for this purpose, refer to "Whose Medical Expenses Can You Include" in Publication 502, Medical and Dental Expenses.