If you have medical or dental expenses, you may be able to deduct some of them on your tax return, as long as you itemize deductions.
To determine whether you can claim these expenses, first add them up. You may include any expenses paid for yourself, your spouse, or a dependent. Count the date you paid for the service, not the date the medical service was received.
Expenses that qualify include co-payments, unreimbursed amounts from prescriptions, doctor visits, and procedures. You can also include some insurance premiums, medical supplies, medical-related mileage, and transportation costs.
Second, you need to see if your total expenses are more than a total threshold amount. For most people, that amount is 10% of your adjusted gross income. If they are, you may deduct the portion of your expenses that exceed 10%. A special threshold amount applies to those over age 65, who may deduct total expenses that exceeds 7.5% of their adjusted gross income through 2016.
Be sure to keep all your receipts. Find out more about what expenses qualify in IRS Publication 502.