Transportation and travel costs are generally deductible as a medical expense if they’re needed to reach a medical treatment facility. These include travel costs to a doctor’s office, hospital, or clinic where you, your spouse, or dependents receive medical care.
Transportation costs you can deduct include:
- car expenses
- parking and toll fees
- bus, taxi, train, or plane fares
- ambulance service fees
- your expenses for accompanying your child while getting medical care, and
- the costs of a nurse or technician who can give injections, medications, or other treatment needed by you or family member while traveling to get medical care.
Your medical-related driving costs can be calculated in one of two ways: using your actual expenses, or using the standard medical mileage rate. If you use the actual expense method, you can only deduct the cost of gas and oil, and any repair costs incurred while driving for medical reasons. You cannot include depreciation, insurance, general repair, or maintenance expenses. If you use the standard medical mileage rate, you don’t deduct your actual costs for gas and oil. Instead, you may deduct 20 cents per mile you drive for medical treatment in 2019. For example, if you use the standard medical rate and drive 1,000 miles for medical treatment in 2019, you’d get a $200 deduction to add to all your other deductible medical expenses for the year. You can also deduct your parking fees and tolls. Whichever method you use, you must keep track of your mileage while driving for medical treatment. Check the IRS website for the annual standard deduction amount.
Cost of Meals
You can deduct the cost of meals at a hospital or similar facility if a main reason for being there is to get medical care. You can’t include in medical expenses the cost of meals that aren’t part of inpatient care. For example, you can’t deduct meals you pay for while traveling to a hospital or other medical facility.
Cost of Lodging
Lodging costs you incur while traveling out of town are deductible if:
- the lodging is primarily for, and essential to, medical care
- the medical care is provided by a doctor in a licensed hospital or in a medical care facility
- the lodging isn’t extravagant
- there’s no significant element of personal pleasure, recreation, or vacation in the travel away from home.
However, this deduction is limited to a maximum of $50 per night for each person. You can include lodging for a person traveling with the person receiving the medical care-for example, if a parent is traveling with a sick child, up to $100 per night can be deducted.
Hopefully this sheds a light on expenses that can be deducted when transporting a loved one for medical care and takes a little stress off the planning. For more detailed information, we suggest consulting a tax professional.
At TransMedCare, we specialize in non-emergency long distance ground medical transport for the elderly and medical patients unable to travel by air or traditional vehicle. We provide the highest level of comfort and care and handle all the details so the process easy and stress free and the transfer from bed to bed is seamless. Medications and O2 are administrated as directed, and family is updated regularly on patient status and time of arrival. A family member, caregiver, and even a pet are welcome to ride along. If you have a loved one in need of non-emergency medical transportation for a distance of 300+ miles or more, we invite you to give us a call to discuss your needs at 888-984-3722 or visit our Contact Page at https://trans-medcare.com/contact-us/ .
From your initial contact, we start the process of coordinating your loved one’s transport bedside to bedside.
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