AARP's Fraud Resource Center can help protect your digital identity! Learn more.
From the AARP Bulletin Print Edition, March 1, 2010
Q. I am 70 years old. My adult son is currently unemployed. To help him out, I am paying his monthly health care premiums. Can I deduct that amount on my IRS tax return?
A. No. Because your son is an adult and not your dependent, you cannot deduct his premium amount on your tax return. You are allowed to count medical and dental bills for you, your spouse and your dependents toward the medical deduction limit.
In certain situations, you may count medical expenses that you paid for a parent, even if he or she is not a dependent—such as the diagnosis or treatment of disease, medical equipment and supplies, and insurance premiums. For a detailed list of deductions, go to the IRS online at www.irs.gov/publications/p502/ar02.html.
Source: Jean Setzfand, AARP
Please leave your comment below.
You must be logged in to leave a comment.
Get tips and resources to protect yourself from fraud and see the latest scam alerts in your state.
Members save 15% all day, every day at participating locations.
Exclusive program for members from The Hartford.
AARP members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.
You are leaving AARP.org and going to the website of our trusted provider. The provider’s terms, conditions and policies apply. Please return to AARP.org to learn more about other benefits.
Your email address is now confirmed.
Manage your email preferences and tell us which topics interest you so that we can prioritize the information you receive.
Explore all that AARP has to offer.
In the next 24 hours, you will receive an email to confirm your subscription to receive emails
related to AARP volunteering. Once you confirm that subscription, you will regularly
receive communications related to AARP volunteering. In the meantime, please feel free
to search for ways to make a difference in your community at