Ask TheTaxgirl: Deducting The Cost Of Birth Control

Taxpayer asks: Hi Taxgirl, My health insurance doesn’t cover the cost of my birth control. I am trying to decide between pills and an IUD. Would either or both of them be tax deductible? taxgirl says: You can only deduct qualifying medical expenses for federal income tax purposes. Qualifying medical expenses include the costs of diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease, and the costs for treatments affecting any part or function of the body. These expenses visits to medical professionals as well as any medicine or drug which requires a prescription of a physician for legal use. Under …

Ask the taxgirl: Birth Control Costs

Taxpayer asks: I have a weird question. My insurance doesn’t cover the cost of my birth control pills. Can I deduct them on my taxes? What about other forms of birth control, like condoms? Thanks, Taxgirl says: Wow, I didn’t realize that there were any insurance companies left that didn’t offer coverage for birth control pills. But that said, yes, you can absolutely deduct the cost of birth control pills as a medical expense. Keep in mind that to actually take advantage of the deduction, you need to itemize your deductions – if you file with the standard deduction, the …