Just because you aren’t eligible to claim a dependency exemption for a parent or other relative doesn’t mean that you must lose out on deducting medical expenses you’ve paid for them.

Specific Details

Suppose Jane can’t claim her father as a dependent, even though she provided more than half of his total support. In this case, Jane can still include payments for medical expenses on his behalf among her own medical expenses.

Potential Savings

If you are in a combined (federal, self-employment, and state) tax bracket of 30%, you could reduce your taxes up to $300 for every $1,000 of income reduction by deducting medical expenses without claiming the person as a dependent.