Tax Tip: Group Medical and Medical Expenses

If you are a member of a group medical insurance plan and you pay all or a portion of the premium through payroll deductions, those premiums may qualify as medical expenses for the medical expense tax credit.

paylesstaxjpgOther commonly overlooked medical expenses include:

  • Co-payments or non-reimbursed portions of medical expenses
  • Dental bills
  • Certain attendant care expenses for persons with disabilities
  • Certain transportation expenses
  • Certain renovations to make your home more accessible (such as a wheel chair ramp)

If you are unsure of whether an expenditure qualifies, contact your accountant to discuss the matter. If you are planning on making a large expenditure, discuss the matter with your accountant do that you fully understand the availability of the tax credit.

There are other opportunities to reduce your tax bill with the medical expense tax credit by taking advantage of the timing of your expenses and by combining family expenses.

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Dean Paley

A graduate of Simon Fraser University, Dean started and operated an independent painting company while perusing a degree at SFU. After graduating from Simon Fraser, Dean entered the Certified General Accountants Program of Professional studies where he obtained the professional CGA designation. After a number of successful years as the head of finance for the Canadian operations in a global financial services firm, Dean moved into a marketing role and established and launched a tax, estate and financial planning support department and service to advisors and clients. During this time Dean successfully obtained the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation. Dean has been a member of the Canadian Forces Reserve spanning three decades serving in the Royal Westminster Regiment (B.C.), the Military Police and later as a commissioned officer in the Cadet Instructors Cadre in Hamilton Ontario. Dean Paley CGA CFP has been interviewed and quoted in major media such as the National Post, Financial Post, Toronto Star, Canadian Business, Money Sense and Investment Executive. Dean is married to his lovely wife Deborah and has four lovely children.