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Claiming a tax rebate on your medical expenses

As per the Irish tax law, all PAYE workers are entitled to claiming a tax refund for their personal medical expenses, medical expenses of an immediate family member, or any other individual for whom you made the payment.

You can claim your tax refund for the following medical expenses.

Visits to the doctor:

On average it costs around €30 to €65 for a single visit to the GP. It includes fees incurred on your visit to any medically registered professional.

Prescription and diagnostics:

Often the doctor prescribes a diagnostic test or a particular medication for an ailment. The expense incurred on such prescriptions or tests is eligible for claiming your tax back.

The cost of taking a blood test varies from €40 to €400. The cost of other tests such as X-Ray, MRI, and Echo varies accordingly. All such expenses can be used to claim your tax back.

Coeliac and diabetic patients can also claim the cost incurred on their special diet prescribed by the doctor.

Pregnancy-related expenses:

Women in labor who are not covered by medical insurance or medical card can claim back the tax for their expenses related to their routine medical maternity care.

Expenses incurred on fertility treatments and IVF are also eligible for tax returns.

Eye care:

Expenses incurred for the treatment of eye disorders, laser treatments (e.g. LASIK), or costs incurred for acquiring a false eye are permitted to be used while claiming for tax relief.

Routine eye tests, glass maintenance, or any other regular ophthalmic care are exempted from claiming tax reliefs.

Non-routine dental care:

Dental expenses which fall under the following categories are eligible for the tax relief: –

  • Root canal treatment
  • Crowns
  • Veneers or Rembrandt type etched filling.
  • Tip replacing
  • Gold or fiberglass posts
  • Inlays
  • Root canal treatment
  • Provision of braces and related treatments
  • Surgical removal of impacted wisdom teeth
  • Bridgework
  • Periodontal treatment for gum disease

However, it is important to consider that not all dental-related expenses can be used to claim tax relief. Some of the examples of bills that are exempted from tax relief are tooth extraction, fillings, scaling, or cleaning, repair of artificial teeth or dentures.

Kidney-related treatments

Tax relief can be claimed by kidney patients with respect to certain expenses as follows: –

  • Hospital Dialysis

Patients can claim for their travel expenses at a rate of €0.18 per kilometer.

  • Home Dialysis

If dialysis is done at home with the help of a dialysis machine the patient can claim for the electricity, laundry, protective clothing, and telephone expenses that had been incurred for the dialysis.

  • Chronic Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD)

In case the treatment was done at home without using the dialysis machine, the patient can claim their electricity and telephone expenses incurred on the dialysis.

Nursing home

Nursing home expenses incurred either for yourself or for any of your loved ones can be claimed back as long as the treatment was advised by a registered medical practitioner and the nursing home provides access to 24- hour nursing care on-site.

And in case if you are caring for a close family member for whom you are paying the medical expenses, then you eligible to claim Dependent Relative Tax relief.

Ambulance

Expenses incurred for transport (i.e. Ambulance) can also be claimed back by the taxpayer.

Some of the other expenses that can be claimed are as follows:

  • The cost incurred on speech and language therapy.
  • The cost incurred on acquiring a guide dog.
  • Orthopedic bed or wheelchair expenses
  • Hearing aids
  • Physiotherapy or Similar Treatment

Why applying to us is your best choice

  • We will make sure that you receive the maximum tax refund by maximizing your tax credits.
  • We make sure that all the possible tax relief has been claimed, these include claiming tax relief on your medical expenses, dental expenses, flat rate expenses, and others.
  • Our average tax refund is €1060

Still, have questions? Contact us today to see how we can help you get your tax rebate.

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