Remain Active Walk In Tub’s customer service department is often asked if their walk in bathtub can be deducted from their taxes as a medical expense. Unfortunately, we do not have a cut and dry, “yes or no” answer for you. However, we do have some guidelines that may help you as you prepare your tax return next April.
The first thing to ask yourself when wanting to write off your safety tub is “Is my walk in tub a medical necessity?” If the answer to this question is YES. Then you must have received a doctors prescription for the walk in bathtub. This is crucial. Most doctors are more than willing to write a prescription for walk in tubs- and walk in tubs with hydrotherapy.
Please note: According to the IRS publication 502, medical expenses are 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 include the costs of equipment, supplies, and diagnostic devices needed for these purposes. However, medical care expenses must be primarily to alleviate or prevent a physical or mental defect or illness. They do not include expenses that are merely beneficial to general health.
Therefore, according to IRS Publication 502, if you are struggling with limited mobility and are not able to step over the side of a traditional tub, you are more than likely able to submit your receipt for a walk in tub to the IRS as a deduction.
Essential Recordkeeping and Documentation
When deducting these medical expenses they should be properly documented with receipts and you should have a written recommendation from your doctor expressing the medical need. Any expense deemed personal rather than medical is not deductible. This should not discourage you from deducting legitimate medical expenses.
The IRS does scrutinize large medical deductions so be sure to obtain expert tax advice. A doctor’s recommendation does not guarantee IRS approval. The IRS can and does dispute the medical necessity of expenses even if a doctor’s recommendation is provided as backup.Please see IRS Publication 502 for a complete list of medical expenses which may and may not be deducted.