Below are quotes from four sources which say that nutritional supplements are tax deductible under certain conditions. A patient who is able to itemize deductions will save up to 45% of the cost of their deductible Rejuvenation Science™ supplements in Federal and State taxes. Those conditions are:
"Generally, when a taxpayer consumes vitamins on his or her own and without a doctor's advice, the cost of vitamins is not deductible. A deduction for vitamins is allowable only when prescribed by a doctor as part of a treatment for a specific ailment and not merely to meet ordinary nutritional requirements."
"The costs of nutritional supplements, vitamins, herbal supplements, and other 'natural medicines' are deductible only if they are recommended by a medical practitioner as treatment for a specific medical condition diagnosed by a physician.”
"The rationale was that the expenses of many items intended to prevent disease are personal and are deductible only if certain objective factors are present. The factors include the taxpayer's motive or purpose, recommendation by a physician, linkage between the treatment and an illness, effectiveness of the treatment, and proximity in time to the onset or recurrence of a disease."
"Nutritional supplements, such as St. John’s Wort, ginko biloba and vitamins, may qualify as medical care even if a physician has not prescribed them. The IRS officials cautioned, however, that nutritional supplements must still be taken to treat a specific medical condition.
"In a recent conference two of the IRS’s top medical experts addressed whether certain expenses are tax deductible. If you have incurred or are planning to incur expense for any of these items [nutritional supplements] be certain and check with your tax advisor about deductibility. This just might save you some tax dollars."
1. DIAGNOSE PAYMENTS FOR BIGGER MEDICAL EXPENSE DEDUCTIONS; Practical Tax Strategies;
Electronic Version Copyright (c) 1999 Warren Gorham Lamont; May 1999; 62 Prac. Tax Strat. 289; AUTHOR: RON WEST, CPA and Attorney
2. BeneFlex, Inc. Volume 1, Issue 1, February 1, 2004; Internal Revenue Service: The Digital Daily; http://www.flexaccount.com/files/BeneFlex-Newsletter-Feb-04.pdf
3. Rubin, Brown, Gornstein & Co. LLP: Established in 1952, RBG&Co. has grown into the largest locally-owned accounting and business consulting firm in the St. Louis area. One North Brentwood Blvd.; Saint Louis, MO 63105; Phone: 314.290.3300; Fax: 314.290.3400; http://www.rbg.com/servicegroups/taxconsultinggroup/faq.asp
4. The AGC Employers’ Health Trust provides a wide range of medical, dental, life insurance and other benefits to contractors and associate members of the AGC. This valuable membership service has been available for over 30 years. http://www.agc-ca.org/services/FIRM/FF6-02.pdf