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I'm not finding an answer to this question.

I am spending $4600 on LASIK this year and I am enrolled in Flexible Spending for $3000. Can I use this flex spend as a way to push my health care spending over the 2% AGI mark in order to write off further expenses?


Perhaps you're not finding an answer because you are mixing apples and hand grenades (to quote another regular on this board).

Your flex care spending reduces your AGI because it reduces your salary/wages and AGI. However, the medical expenses which are paid with the flex care account are not deductible, because they were not paid with your after tax dollars. The $1600 remaining LASIK expense is a deductible medical expense provided you itemize and meet the threshhold criteria of 7.5% of AGI, not 2%.

Ira
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