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Medical deductions for traveling companions

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Q.  My aunt will be seeing a specialist in New York. If I travel with her, can I deduct my hotel cost as a medical expense? A.L., Wheeling, W. Va.

A.  Partially. If you accompany your dependent aunt on the trip, you can deduct lodging expenses, subject to the usual medical deduction limit of 7.5% of your AGI. But the IRS limits the deduction for lodging to only $50 a night. What’s more, the IRS says you can’t count the costs of your transportation or meals.

Tip: On the other hand, a deduction is allowed for the transportation expenses of a parent traveling with a child who needs medical care or someone for whom you’re providing injections, medication or other treatment if that person is unable to travel alone.

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