Since tax time is literally just around the bend,I’ve been gathering receipts from my pharmacy, insurance premiums, and Doctors copay receipts for my accountant - Which of course makes me think about other diabetes related tax deduction questions.
Are pump batteries, glucose tabs & juice-boxes considered diabetes deductions?
Think about it, durable medical equipment like pump supplies, needles and lancets are considered tax deductions and are covered by insurance, so why not pump batteries?
You don’t need an RX for glucose tabs or juice-boxes, but we buy them specifically to treat diabetes lows, so technically, shouldn’t we be able to write them off?
Same goes for Larabars, which I also use to treat lows when I’m working out!
Speaking of working out: Can a gym membership/class/exercise equipment purchased be considered a durable medical equipment deduction?
We exercise to stay healthy & fit, AND because studies have shown that exercise helps regarding in both maintaining good blood-sugars and long term diabetes damage, so shouldn’t we able to write off the cost of Aqua Boot Camp and the redonkulous cost of joining the local gym, JCC, or YMCA?
And what about eating healthy??
I really try to avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup at all costs, but it’s expensive!! And FYI: Our bodies do know the difference between sugar and HFCS, and the proof is in the blood sugar numbers!
I want a write off for buying non - HFCS crap!
Also, as a person living with diabetes - I can't wear cheap shoes.
Seriously, I can't - no way no how!
Cheap shoes = major foot issues for people with diabetes - Everyone knows that!
I'm like the freaking Princess & The Pea when it comes to cheap shoes - I can't wear them!
I don't choose to wear expensive shoes - I HAVE TO WEAR EXPENSIVE SHOES.
I am aware that medicare covers 1 pair of "diabetic shoes," and three pairs of orthotics a year, but I'm not on medicare.
And personally, diabetes or not, people need, (not to mention wear) more than one pair of shoes a year!
And if you're a person with diabetes who gets your shoes through medicare, can you write off the shoes medicare doesn't cover?
What unconventional (but totally necessary and valid) diabetes deductions would you like to see covered, or that you actually use as a diabetes a tax deduction?