Mark Hulbert: How to get the medical tax deductions you’re entitled to

Chances are that you’re not taking all the tax deductions to which you’re legally entitled—leaving money on the table, in other words.

That’s because the category of medical costs that are tax deductible includes a lot more types of expenses than most are aware of, according to Eric Smith, a spokesperson for the IRS.

Did you know, for example, that this category includes expenses as diverse as acupuncture, fertility enhancement, and weight-loss programs? (The full list appears in this IRS publication.)

Perhaps the least understood category, however, deals with home health care costs.

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