Can medically required blood donations (phlebotomy) be tax deductible when the blood center sends it to area hospitals? This isn't a typical blood donation that I know is not tax deductible. I have to have a pint removed weekly, they then re-use the blood.

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    Its not clear if you mean as a medical expense, a charitable deduction, or an other proposed way?
    – user662852
    Commented Jun 29, 2019 at 20:18
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    What do you mean by "medically required"?
    – D Stanley
    Commented Jun 29, 2019 at 20:18
  • Ordered by a doctor. For instance if I take oxy, I'm a hobbyist and a criminal, and illegal losses can't be deducted beyond illegal gains, and hobbies are never deductible. If I take oxy because a doctor prescribed it, then it's a legitimate medical expense that is treated as such in tax law. Commented Jun 29, 2019 at 21:16
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    Are you paying for the removal of your blood, and asking if that expense is deductible? Commented Jul 1, 2019 at 13:24
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    @ChrisW.Rea Judging by the OP's username (Up North, Wisconsin), I'm going to guess "US" unless he comes back and tells us a different country.
    – Ben Miller
    Commented Jul 1, 2019 at 14:25

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You would need to talk to a tax expert to be certain, but in general medical expenses can be deducted to the extent that they are more than 10% of your adjusted gross income. So if your gross income is $100,000 and your total qualified medical expenses are $12,000, you can deduct $2,000. Plus you need enough other deductions (state/local taxes, mortgage interest, etc.) that it makes more sense to itemize than to take the standard deduction.

Finally, make sure you keep detailed records to prove your claimed expenses in case of an audit. Medical expenses are a red flag for audits due to their relatively high rate of fraud and difficulty to prove.

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