Houstonians Should Research Tax Court Ruling for Caregiver Expense Deductions

July 20, 2011

 

Consult with your tax advisor regarding tax deductions for long-term caregiver expenses

The United States Tax Court has made a decision that may help seniors and their families manage the cost of caregiver services.   The tax court ruling noted that personal care and supervision was necessary for medical reasons, as determined by the woman’s physician.  Therefore, the tax court ruled that the salary for the woman’s personal caregivers was a tax deductible medical expense.

In this ruling, the chronically ill patient was diagnosed by her doctor as suffering from dementia and the physician determined that 24-hour assistance and supervision was necessary for medical reasons.  The woman had frequent hospital stays due to failure to take prescribed medications, was unable to follow medical instructions, and was determined at-risk of falling.

The long-distance family member hired a team of 24-hour caregivers to assure the woman’s safety, to assist her in following medical instructions, and to ensure that she was eating and resting properly.  These are steps that we all follow when seeking the services of professional caregivers for our loved ones when we are unable to be there ’round-the-clock!

An appointment with your family tax advisor can help you determine if this ruling has information that is applicable to your own family’s senior care plan and caregiving services .  You may wish to reference the following site for more information on this ruling, please reference the U.S. Tax Court “Estate of Baral” for a more in-depth look.

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Chris Lerch, Owner Home Instead Senior Care Houston

We hope this was helpful. If you have any questions or if you know of a senior that could benefit from our vast array of home care services in Houston, please call us at 832 379-4700 or email us. We accept most long term care insurance as payment and have a full time staff supervising more than 100 quality-trained home care personnel covering the Houston, Texas area.

Chris M. Lerch, Owner

We hope this was helpful. If you have any questions or if you know of a senior that could benefit from our vast array of home care services in Houston, please call us at 832 379-4700 or email us. We accept most long term care insurance as payment and have a full time staff supervising more than 100 quality-trained home care personnel covering the Houston, Texas area.

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