Cost of Assisted Living May Be Tax Deductible
The cost of assisted living may be deductible on Federal income tax returns. The IRS has certain guidelines to determine eligibility. The cost of housing and meals and certain personal care services may be deductible; the determining factor is generally the inability to perform at least two activities of daily living without assistance. These daily functions include such activities as eating, toileting, transferring, medication assistance, dressing, and bathing. A physician must certify in writing that the patient has been unable to perform these activities for at least 90 days. If you are paying for a resident to be in an assisted living care facility for the reasons above, you may be eligible for a deduction on your itemized tax return. The resident must qualify by criteria and must be related to the payer or have lived as a member of their household for an entire year. A parent must also be a citizen or resident of the United States, Mexico or Canada, and the child must have paid over 50% of their support for the year.