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Itemized Deductions, Standard Deduction - Medical, Nursing Home, Special Care Expenses

  1. My father is in a nursing home and I pay for the entire cost. Can I deduct these expenses on my tax return?

Rev. date: 06/27/2017

My father is in a nursing home and I pay for the entire cost. Can I deduct these expenses on my tax return?

Yes, in certain instances nursing home expenses are allowable as medical expenses.
To determine if your father qualifies as your dependent for this purpose, refer to Whose Medical Expenses Can You Include and Nursing Home in Publication 502, Medical and Dental Expenses.