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Know tax boundaries for medical expenses

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Q. My mother moved out of the country. I support her, so can I still deduct her medical expenses? Y.S., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

A. It depends. You can deduct medical expenses for someone else only if she is your dependent. Even if you meet the half-support test, to qualify as your dependent your mother must be a U.S. citizen, a U.S. national or resident of the United States, Canada or Mexico. If these requirements are met, you can add her deductible medical expenses to your total.

Tip: For 2014, medical expenses can be deducted only to the extent they exceed 10% of your adjusted gross income (AGI) or 7.5% of your AGI if you’re older than age 65.

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