|Lasik is commonly a deductible medical expense.
The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has determined that vision
correction surgery like Lasik is a deductible medical expense.
Part I. Rulings and Decisions Under the Internal Revenue Code
Section 213.—Medical, Dental, etc., Expenses
26 CFR 1.213–1: Medical, dental, etc., expenses.
"Medical expenses. Amounts paid by individuals for
procedures that are directed to improving appearance
and do not promote the proper function of the body are
not expenses for medical care deductible under
section 213 of the Code unless the procedure is necessary
to correct a deformity arising from a birth defect,
disfiguring disease, or injury. Therefore, breast reconstruction
surgery following a mastectomy for cancer and vision
correction surgery such as LASIK are deductible under
section 213, but teeth whitening procedures are not
deductible under section 213."
The full IRS publication is available at Lasik Tax Deduction.
Not every taxpayer is able to deduct medical expenses, so check
with your tax preparer.
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