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    Budgeting Nursing Home Expenses

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    Helen pays nursing home expenses of $3,000 per month for her mother. The monthly charge covers the following items: $1,400 for medical care, $900 for lodging, and $700 for food. Under what circumstances can Helen include the $3,000 per month payment when computing her medical expense deduction for the year? If Helen is not allowed to include the entire payment, how much can she include?

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    Per the IRS, you can include the costs of medical care, lodging, and food as long as the primary reason why the person is there is for medical care. Here is the direct regulation, as stated by the IRS:

    "You can include in medical ...

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    This solution explains how much of the expenses for a nursing home can be included in a taxpayer's medical expenses for the annual medical expense deduction.