Medical Expenses

Claiming tax back for Medical Expenses?

You could be saving €100’s in tax each year!

Each year, the average Irish family spends around €1800 on medical and dental expenses. What most people don’t know is that you can claim tax relief on many of these costs! As long as you have not been reimbursed by a medical insurance provider then you may be eligible for tax relief on your payments.

You can make a claim for tax relief for the previous 4 years, so it might be time to start digging out those receipts!

We have put together a list of some of the most common medical and dental costs that are eligible for tax relief. If you cannot see the treatment you received on the list, just send us a message and we will be more than happy to answer any questions that you have.

What can be claimed for?

Doctors and Hospital Fees
It’s never nice when we have to go to the doctor, but every cloud has a silver lining! You can claim up to 40% tax relief on any costs relating to doctors’ visits, having to see consultants or if you have had treatment in a hospital.

Prescription Costs
You can claim tax relief of the cost of any prescriptions filled out by a doctor and issued to you by a pharmacist. Only fees that have not be reimbursed by the HSE or medical insurance providers are eligible.

X-Rays and Scans
You can also claim tax relief if you’re in need of any diagnostic procedures such as X -rays, MRI scans or CAT scans. If you have been referred by a doctor or medical practitioner, then you can claim 40% tax relief.

If you have been referred for physiotherapy and had to get treatment from a chiropractor, osteopath or an acupuncturist and the work was carried out by a person who is a qualified practitioner then the costs are eligible for tax relief.

Maternity Costs
Being pregnant can be hard work sometimes but claiming back for maternity costs is not! Any costs relating to maternity care, whether in a public of private hospital, are eligible for tax relief. Maternity costs are claimed back in the year following the pregnancy so make sure to hold on to your receipts!

Transport Costs
Ambulance transport is essential in emergency situations; however, it will significantly increase the cost of your medical expenses. We have got some good news though; tax relief is available on all costs relating to ambulance travel.

Dialysis Patients
Tax relief is available for kidney dialysis patients on many costs relating to their illness, such as telephone costs, electricity costs, laundry and the purchase of medical appliances relating to their illness. You can also claim tax relief if you travel by private car to your appointments at a rate of €0.18c per km.

Optical Treatments
Many people are unaware that you can claim tax relief on optical treatments, resulting in them missing out on big tax savings! You can claim tax back on the cost of optical treatments where prescribed by a doctor, except for routine eye testing and maintenance of glasses and contact lenses. You can also claim tax relief on the costs of laser eye surgery, provided it was carried out by a qualified practitioner.

Nursing Care / Nursing Home Costs
If you pay for the cost of nursing home fees (for yourself or others) then you are eligible for tax relief on these costs. You can claim tax back for any nursing home expenses paid over the last 4 years.

Surgical, Dental or Nursing Appliances
You can claim tax back at the standard rate of 40% on the costs of certain surgical, dental and nursing appliances such as:
• Glucometer machines for diabetics
• Hearing aids where they have been recommended by a practitioner
• Orthopaedic beds and chairs where the patient suffers from a specific illness or disability
• Wheelchair or wheelchair lift for a disabled person
• A false eye
• Wigs, where necessary due to illness

Dental Expenses
You cannot claim tax relief on costs relating to routine dental treatments such as extractions, scaling and filing of teeth, or for the provision and maintenance of dentures. However, there are several dental treatments which you may be able to claim some tax back for including:
• Crowns
• Veneers
• Tip replacing
• Posts
• Inlays
• Root canal treatments
• Periodontal treatment
• Orthodontic treatment (Braces)
• Bridgework

Although this list of expenses is thorough, there is lots of other treatments that can be claimed for, so if you are still unsure about claiming tax relief on medical expenses you have incurred are, contact our team of tax experts here at My Tax Back. We advise on tax relief applicable to your expenses and help you to get your money back in a matter of weeks.

We have reclaimed over €1m in tax this year alone for our clients, and we don’t charge a penny if we don’t get you a refund, so what are you waiting for, sign up today!