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Can you deduct travel expenses if you go out of the country for medical care? I'm talking about something that would be deductible if it was obtained at home, not cosmetic surgery.

I know that if you volunteer abroad with a non-profit, you can't deduct charitable travel expenses if you take a vacation on the same trip. What if you go for medical treatment and take a vacation? After all, if you stop to see a movie on the way back from the dentist, you can still deduct the miles to and from his office, right?

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After all, if you stop to see a movie on the way back from the dentist, you can still deduct the miles to and from his office, right?

In that example, I would imagine that only the additional miles between the dentist and movies are deductible. Home - dentist is 10 miles, home - movies are 6 miles, and therefor only the 4 miles between the movies and dentist would be deductible. You could easily spend more time at the movies than at the dentist.
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In that example, I would imagine that only the additional miles between the dentist and movies are deductible. Home - dentist is 10 miles, home - movies are 6 miles, and therefor only the 4 miles between the movies and dentist would be deductible.

Gotcha. To deduct the entire 20 miles, you should go straight to the dentist and then straight home. If you want to deduct the whole thing and go to the movies as well, you should go home, turn around, then go to the movies. I guess the best decision would depend on how far everything was and what kind of mileage your car gets.

Have you ever experienced an audit where the taxpayer is asked if he is sure he went straight home from the doctor's office without stopping to pick up a loaf of bread?

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After all, if you stop to see a movie on the way back from the dentist, you can still deduct the miles to and from his office, right?
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In that example, I would imagine that only the additional miles between the dentist and movies are deductible. Home - dentist is 10 miles, home - movies are 6 miles, and therefor only the 4 miles between the movies and dentist would be deductible. You could easily spend more time at the movies than at the dentist.
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I thought the reason for the trip was important.

So if you went to go to the movies and made a dentist appointment for the same day so you could make one trip then only the additonal miles would be deductable. The primary purpose of the trip was the movie.


My dentist is 30 miles away. If I make a dentist appointment I try and also do all my other 'big city' stuff at the same time, but since my main reason for going is the dentist the mileage to the dentist and back is deductable...not the 'other stuff' mileage tho' The primary purpose of the trip was the dentist.

That is my understanding anyway.

Jean
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My dentist is 30 miles away. If I make a dentist appointment I try and also do all my other 'big city' stuff at the same time, but since my main reason for going is the dentist the mileage to the dentist and back is deductable...not the 'other stuff' mileage tho' The primary purpose of the trip was the dentist.



i don't think it makes sense otherwise.


my Dentist is about 15.1 miles away ..far enough, that i stop for dinner at a favorite pizza place every time.

i don't deduct the extra 1.2 miles ..but do deduct the 30.2 *



* actually ..that's the scenic route ..and i only deduct the most direct route.
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