IRS Tax Credit

You May Receive an IRS Tax Credit for Weight Loss & Smoking Cessation Hypnosis

From Publication 502 (2018), Medical and Dental Expenses

Stop-Smoking Programs

IRS tax creditYou can include in medical expenses amounts you pay for a program to stop smoking. However, you can’t include in medical expenses amounts you pay for drugs that don’t require a prescription, such as nicotine gum or patches, that are designed to help stop smoking.

Weight-Loss Program

IRS tax creditYou can include in medical expenses amounts you pay to lose weight if it is a treatment for a specific disease diagnosed by a physician (such as obesity, hypertension, or heart disease). This includes fees you pay for membership in a weight reduction group as well as fees for attendance at periodic meetings. You can’t include membership dues in a gym, health club, or spa as medical expenses, but you can include separate fees charged there for weight loss activities.

How to Report

To claim the credit, complete Form 8885, Health Coverage Tax Credit, and attach it to your Form 1040 or Form 1040NR. Report the credit on Form 1040, line 67, or Form 1040NR, line 62, and check box c. You cannot claim the credit on Form 1040A or Form 1040EZ.

formYou must attach invoices and proof of payment for any amounts you include on line 2 of Form 8885 for which you did not receive an advance payment. If you file your return electronically, attach the invoices and proof of payment to your Form 8453. Proof of payment may include a pay stub if insurance is through a spouse’s employment, a bank check, or bank statement for premiums that are automatically deducted from your account.

If you claim this credit, you cannot take the same expenses that you use to figure your health coverage tax credit into account in determining your:

Medical and dental expenses on Schedule A (Form 1040) Self-employed health insurance deduction, or Archer Medical Savings Account (MSA) distributions.

This is a tax credit – not a tax deduction, so that means 100% credit on your taxes! It’s almost as if your smoking cessation and weight loss hypnosis programs are free!

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Disclaimer: The above information is not to be considered as tax advice. Please confirm with your tax consultant and the latest regulations.