Now that tax season for the 2015 year has begun, HineyTales wanted to remind its readers that nursing moms can write off their breastfeeding supplies! While no where near as expensive as formula, breastfeeding-related gear can get costly. Costs can go as high as $1000 per year. These costs are defined as any costs related to lactation or delivering the breast milk to the infant (which includes bottles, attachment tubes, batteries, flanges, milk storage units, bottle storage containers, nursing pads, breastfeeding bras/tanks, and breast-pumps, pump accessories, disposable collection bags) and can be written off as medical deductions. The American Academy of Pediatrics has been lobbying for a tax code change to benefit nursing mothers for a very long time. They finally did it! Hallelujah!
Congress members – Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y., and Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Tom Harkin, D-Iowa – who pushed for this breastfeeding tax break released the following statement:
“Today’s decision is a huge victory for nursing mothers everywhere. Modern medicine has documented numerous health benefits linked to breastfeeding, including a reduced risk of illness in infants and a reduced risk of cancer in mothers. And because breastfeeding is so effective in preventing disease, it also happens to save billions in health care costs.”
How to write off Breastfeeding Gear as Medical Expenses:
- Your costs associated with nursing have to exceed 10 percent of your adjusted gross income. This may SEEM like a lot but it’s really not! So don’t worry. Gross income is after taxes are already taken out, so if you have $30,000 in gross income, 10% of that would be $3,000.
- Here are some examples of costs that are also medically deductible – breast pumps, your coinsurance and deductible payments for obgyn and pediatrician’s office visits, parenting & delivery classes, lactation consultations/workshops, and the list goes on! When nipple creams, special bras, breast shells, “Milkies”, thermal or cooling breast pads, pre and postpartum salves and lotions are used for medical reasons (like cracked nipples, nipple pain, etc.), they may be considered applicable toward the tax break.There are many pre and post-natal expenses that can accumulate very quickly over a year. Any portions of your hospital bill that can be linked with nursing can be used as well.
- Make sure to keep track of all your breastfeeding-related expenses.
- Even if your child is already in preschool, it’s not too late! The law is retroactive to 2010, so you can claim expenses up to 5 years prior! Woohoo!
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- For more detailed information, visit the IRS website and/or talk to your financial adviser or tax person.
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