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IRS-logoThe IRS stated in its opinion letter Index No.: 213.05-00, " Section 213(a) allows as a [tax] deduction the expenses paid during the taxable year for medical care of the taxpayer, spouse, or dependent. Under § 213(d)(1)(A), an expense is for 'medical care' if its primary purpose is the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease. Notice the words "primary purpose".

You must make sure your hot tub is "primarily" for the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease before you can deduct the cost of your hot tub on your tax return.  This is best backed up by your physician.

You may be able to claim your hot tub as a tax deduction even though you also derive pleasure from it and even though someone else such as your spouse may use the spa, as long as you are buying the hot tub or spa primarily to relieve pain due to an injury or disease.

You can also claim a deduction for the hot tub as a capital expense even if it is an improvement to your home. Click here to read the IRS information.

How do you prove your hot tub was purchased for health treatment?

Get your medical records together.  Gather your medical records proving your injury and/or arthritis and a prescription from your doctor prescribing a hot tub for the purpose of alleviating or treating your injury or arthritis.  Request a written report from your doctor summarizing your diagnoses; attaches copies of medical records showing objective findings such as X-Ray, MRI and EMG reports.

Be sure to have your doctor state what the physician hopes the hot tub will do for you.

The IRS may look at other objective factors that indicate your motive for purchasing the hot tub.

If a small four person hot tub costs $3,500 and you purchase a large spa for $5,500, you may want to deduct only $3,500. There are a number of Nordic Hot Tubs suited for a tax deduction.

Can you deduct the cost of a hot tub when you have been reimbursed by an insurance company for the cost?

No. You should note that if you obtain payment from an insurance company to purchase your hot tub, you cannot also deduct the cost of the hot tub on your tax return. If you deduct the cost of your hot tub on your tax return and in the next year obtain reimbursement from an insurance company, you would then have to declare that reimbursement as income on your next year's tax return.

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