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Article Date:
January 2015


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1386

 

 

How to Deduct Your Swimming Pool and Other Home Improvements as Medical Expenses—All Legal If You Do It Right


Estimated Tax Tip Savings: A swimming pool you install for medical reasons could increase your tax deductions by $12,000 or more, giving you a tax savings of $3,000 or more depending on your tax bracket. Other such home improvements can be similarly deducted.

 

In middle school, a note from your doctor was the perfect thing to get you out of gym class. Now that doctor’s note might get you a tax-deductible swimming pool or other home improvements that allow you to increase your deductions. Here’s how it works:

 

If you buy a pool for medical reasons, tax law gives you a deduction for the cost of installation and for operating expenses, even though technically the pool is a capital improvement of your home.

 

This deduction applies to all equipment that you use in your home, workplace, or vehicle for medical purposes, including

 

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ergonomic chairs;

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elevators;

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lift equipment for vehicles;

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accessibility ramps; and

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artificial limbs.

 

But unless you take this deduction the right way, you might not get the tax benefit you want. As you read this article, you’ll see why you, as a small-business owner, are in the perfect position to ... Log in to view full article.

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