The cancer medication of my parent costs 10,000 USD a month. I would like to pay for this, but I wouldn't have enough money to live off of myself. I was wondering, would the expense would be tax deductible?

In case state law is important, I have the option to work in California or in Washington state.

  • Making it tax deductible only saves you up to 30% depending on your tax bracket - does that make it suddenly affordable for you?
    – D Stanley
    Mar 7, 2019 at 21:52
  • @DStanley It gives me enough to live off of.
    – Klik
    Mar 7, 2019 at 22:30

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To deduct the medical expense, you'd need to be able to claim your father as a dependent on your taxes, and then could only deduct the amount in excess of 7.5% of your AGI. Check out IRS Publication 502 on Medical and Dental Expenses.

  • So the answer is no then? Not while he's living in Chile. I read in this article that I can't claim them as a dependent if he lives in Chile re: (ttlc.intuit.com/questions/…)
    – Klik
    Mar 7, 2019 at 21:45

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