Did you know that the IRS added "breast pumps and supplies" to the deductible medical expenses list? The IRS now recognizes the medical benefits of breastfeeding as identified by the American Academy of Pediatrics and other breastfeeding advocates. Some of the benefits they've listed for babies are a more resistant immune system, less chance of ear and respiratory infections and reduced risk of SIDS. Benefits for mothers are quicker weight loss after birth, reduced chance of osteoporosis and reduced chance of breast, ovarian and cervical cancers.
So what does this mean for you? You can deduct pumps and supplies that assist lactation as deductible medical expenses on your tax return if out of pocket medical expenses for the year exceed 10% of your AGI. This includes items like the pump, pump accessories, nursing pads, milk storage bags and nipple cream/ointments. If you are unsure about what qualifies, contact your tax advisor or call the IRS. Can I deduct my medical and dental expenses?
This has been in effect since the 2010 tax year, but it seems like most parents aren’t aware of it. Spread the word! Share this information with friends, mommy groups, even random pregnant ladies!
While we are talking tax …
Some tax credits that you may qualify are:
Child Tax Credit
The IRS offers a credit of up to $1,000 per qualifying child.
If you work and pay for childcare, you may qualify. Qualifying parents could save up to $3,000 for one child, up to $6,000 for two or more children. You will have to report the dependent care provider’s identification number and certification to the IRS on Form W-10.