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Subject:  Re: Is this Legit.? Date:  2/18/2006  3:45 PM
Author:  TMFPMarti Number:  84080 of 127753

A friend from Florida called recently. During our chat he mentioned that he and his wife have joined a club for exercise facilities and a pool. We discussed prices, etc. and then he told me that their doctors had written a that the expense of the club is a medical deduction.

I have to disagree with Ira on this one. AFAIK, these general membership fees are never deductible as a medical expense, regardless of what kind of documentation you have for them. See IRS Pub 502.

Since this thread morphed into a discussion of "cafeteria" plans for medical expenses, I'll just point out that while a plan can allow for reimbursement of nondeductible expenses, e.g., OTC drugs, that doesn't make the underlying expense deductible when paid for with after-tax funds.

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