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Income taxes and overseas prescriptions

Discussion in 'Finances, Work, and Disability' started by minkeygirl, Jan 9, 2014.

  1. minkeygirl

    minkeygirl Senior Member

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    I'm wondering if anyone has every used overseas prescriptions as deductions on their income taxes?

    Theoretically it was an approved RX since the online pharmacist approved my RX for acyclovir and I have about $500 worth of deductions.

    Just wondering
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    vamah Senior Member

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    A medical expense is a medical expense. I don't see why it would matter where it came from.
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    minkeygirl Senior Member

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    I asked my tax guy last year and he seemed to think I couldn't claim it. I'd rather know for sure then a guess.
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    vamah Senior Member

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    I would look up the relevant section on the irs website. If it is not specifically excluded then you should be ok.

    Of course, it can be hard to sift through the irs language. I had that problem last year trying to figure out which college expenses were deductable.
  5. minkeygirl

    minkeygirl Senior Member

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    can't do that. My brain would explode. That is why I asked if anyone here knows.
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    SickOfSickness Senior Member

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    I agree with vamah that you are fine to deduct, if they don't specifically exclude it.
    http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc502.html says "payments for drugs that require a prescription"
    are deductible and it does not say anything about foreign or international exclusions.
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    minkeygirl Senior Member

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    IRS are sneaky bastards.

    I guess if you take the code literally it only says require a prescription, not that you had one to get it.

    I'd hate to be the one who gets audited and then gets the whistle blown on a great overseas pharmacy

    Yes paranoia strikes deep!

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