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Subject:  Re: Shingles vaccine deductible? Date:  5/18/2010  7:54 AM
Author:  irasmilo Number:  110444 of 127315

Not sure if this matters but flu shots and pneumonia vacine are both given by Walgreens without a prescription. Medicare pays for both. Walgreens just takes the customer's info and files the claim. I've always assumed if Medicare would pay for it, it should also qualify as a deductible medical expense. I get flu shots and H1N1 shot which I pay for myself (not on Medicare yet) and I've always deducted it as medical expense. Of course, I haven't been audited.

The fact that a health plan (even a government run one) will pay for an expense doesn't make it a deductible expense. Logic doesn't count, either, when dealing with the tax code. You have to look to the specific language.

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