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Are Incontinence Supplies Tax Deductible?

Incontinence products could be part of tax deduction, depending on the situation.

There are many health costs that are tax deductible, but are incontinence supplies one of them? Unfortunately, the answer is not an easy yes or no.

As with many medical expenses, the IRS guidelines are fairly general, which makes it difficult to understand exactly what specific products are eligible. This makes it hard to know for sure what incontinence supplies can be written off.  

That doesn’t mean incontinence supplies can’t be written off. The best approach is to understand the IRS requirements that need to be met in order for a product to qualify. Here’s what the IRS says about it:


What the IRS Says About Incontinence Supplies

The most recent version of the IRS Medical and Dental Expenses Publication (known as Publication 502), does not specifically mention absorbent incontinence supplies. The guideline does, however, mention the eligibility of diapers.  Here’s what it says:

You can’t include in medical expenses the amount you pay for diapers or diaper services, unless they are needed to relieve the effects of a particular disease.”

This has been interpreted to mean that if you want to list incontinence supplies as a tax deduction, they have to be used as a part of a treatment plan for a specific condition.


Don’t Forget About Your Insurance

While it might be possible to deduct incontinence product expenses, another way to help with incontinence costs is to use your insurance. Many people don’t know it, but some insurance plans will cover incontinence supplies as a plan benefit.

Insurance plans have much clearer regulations about what items are covered, so it’s far easier to know what products you can get. If supplies are covered, insurance plans may also pay for them directly. 


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Will Your Insurance Cover Incontinence Supplies?

To find out if your insurance covers incontinence supplies, contact us. We can help you understand your options for supply coverage  so you can start saving money now.

If you have Medicaid, there’s good news: Most state Medicaid plans covers incontinence supplies. To find if you can get supplies in your state, visit our Medicaid Coverage of Incontinence Supplies Guide

*The information on this website is not offered as legal or tax advice. Examples of tax benefits are based on the stated IRS Guidelines and on other assumptions that may not apply to your personal situation. All material is presented solely as educational information. Always seek the advice of your tax advisor, attorney, or financial planner regarding your personal circumstances.

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