Family and children

Deductible treatment costs: Tax savings possible for non-recognized healing methods

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Berlin (dpa / tmn) – Treatment costs for a scientifically unrecognized healing method are tax-deductible if an official medical certificate is available. This emerges from a decision by the Rhineland-Palatinate tax court. “A brief certificate from the medical officer or […]

Deductible treatment costs: Tax savings possible for non-recognized healing methods.  Treatment costs for scientifically unrecognized healing methods can be deducted from tax if the patient can present a medical certificate.

Berlin (dpa / tmn) – Treatment costs for a scientifically unrecognized healing method are tax-deductible if an official medical certificate is available. This emerges from a decision by the Rhineland-Palatinate tax court.

“A brief certificate from the medical officer or the medical service of the health insurance company is sufficient,” says Isabel Klocke from the Taxpayers Association. In the case, one of the parents claimed the cost of naturopathic treatment as an extraordinary burden in their income tax return. The health insurance company did not cover the expenses for the severely disabled daughter. Before starting treatment, the parents had obtained a private medical certificate from a doctor specializing in paediatrics.

The doctor certified that every attempt to improve the result of the severe clinical picture is important for the family and that every positive impulse for the child from a medical point of view is to be welcomed. On this medical certificate, the responsible medical officer briefly noted that the information was confirmed by the medical officer. However, the tax office did not take into account the costs of medical treatment, as there was no official medical report.

The court saw it differently: If the healing method is not scientifically recognized, qualified evidence is required. However, the parents provided this proof. No excessive demands should be placed on the opinion of the medical officer. A short confirmation is also sufficient for the recognition of the costs. The judges drew a parallel to the medical service of the health insurance companies, which can also attest to such expenses – without a comprehensive report.

Those affected who require a healing method apart from conventional medicine should have the necessity of treatment confirmed by a public health officer or the medical service of the health insurance, advises Klocke. Then you can claim the expenses on your tax return. If the tax office does not recognize the expenditure, it should refer to the judgment (Az .: 1 K 1480/16).